One of the simplest, most effective ways to bring healthcare to the community level is through video collaboration. When video technology is enabled through a standards-based, scalable platform, community members can all join a multipoint video call to collaborate and work together with professionals and even with groups of similarly afflicted, empathetic peers to address health issues. Patients benefit from more regular evaluations and better access to specialty support. They participate in live or recorded education sessions—regardless of location or ability to travel. And with today’s move to ubiquitous video, you cannot only do one-to-one video sessions, but groups can meet over video to share ideas and best practices. Groups of healthcare providers and patients can all join community-based video calls to collaborate as never before. Healthcare teams and family members are able to meet over video to determine the best health plan and have a positive impact on health and healthcare delivery.
Nobody understands this better than the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. This organization recently doubled patient adherence to psychiatric treatment, reducing hospital stays and saving $21.7 million, with a telepsychiatry program that was powered by Polycom® RealPresence® video solutions.