Medical Applications For Videoconferencing

by : Jason Cox

Videoconferencing is one of the most interesting and important applications to come out of the last ten years. Videoconferencing allows participants to virtually sit in the same room with one another even if they are countries, oceans, even time zones away from one another. This leads to some wonderful things.

If you work within the business world, employees no longer have to take days off to travel from place to place when they want to meet with clients or specialists in the field. It can also save the extensive travel expenses that many employees tend to rack up when it is necessary to meet with many people or many clients in various places around the globe.

In the world of education, professionals and students can meet via a videoconferencing network no matter what time of day or place they are in. This means that education can truly be found without boundaries. In many cases, teachers can upload materials hours and days ahead of time, and students can work through an educational program without having to make a formal commitment to the classroom.

One of the most important applications, though, of videoconferencing occurs in the medical field. For years the medical field has been hindered by the fact that there are so few professionals in the areas where they are needed most. Because medical school is such an expensive, long, and difficult endeavor, few people choose to make that the profession of their desire.

As a result, there are fewer people in medicine than are needed. This means that in rural areas, where doctors are needed most in many cases, doctors simply are not available. For many of these areas, the only doctors available are barely trained nursing aides. Videoconferencing in this situation is one of the greatest new technologies the world has ever seen. Videoconferencing can allow these poorly trained aides to further their education with help from some of the worlds most important medical teachers.

Moreover, if a serious emergency comes up in an area where no doctor is available to treat the patient, videoconferencing can allow a highly trained medical professional to provide advice to someone with less training. This can result in a lower mortality rate as well as a better standard of care for everyone involved with the particular medical process.

This, though, is not the only important videoconferencing aspect in the medical field. Another great way videoconferencing can be used within the field of medicine is that it can allow doctors and other medical professionals to get together to discuss new treatments for ongoing chronic problems.

Because many of the new videoconferencing systems on the market will allow you to upload previous video clips from things like prior surgeries as well as footage from microscopes that are essentially digital cameras, video endoscopes, ultrasounds, otoscopes, and many other scientific tools, doctors can discuss, with the help of brilliant imagery, important cases to come along in the treatment of certain conditions.

This can allow doctors the opportunity to talk with other professionals in the field who are dealing with the same kinds of conditions, which can lead to much better research than would have ever been possible with some once a year conference in a remote location.

One final way videoconferencing can be important to professionals in the medical field is it can be used to transmit data about a particular case or patient.

For example, if a patient travels to another country, and a doctor needs information about that patients condition, whether for an emergency or just routine diagnostic purposes, a consulting physician who has worked with the patient before can upload information for the doctor who has just been brought in on the case.

The doctors can have the opportunity to speak to each other on a face-to-face basis, allowing each to become familiar with the intricacies of the case. This can lead to prevention of medical conditions as well as the transmission of essential lifesaving information.

It is important to note that videoconferencing systems were not solely developed for medical purposes. It is also important to note, though, that using videoconferencing systems for medical purposes is one of the best ways to make use of this brilliant technology.