Video Technology Gives Patients Remote Access to Healthcare


March 1, 2010
Cisco CEO John T. Chambers takes a Flip Video of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger during the press conference announcing the HealthPresence platform at HIMSS 2010.

The Cisco HealthPresence offers care-at-a-distance technology platform to connect patients with doctors and clinicians for healthcare consultations.

Traditional telemedicine or telehealth approaches have focused mostly on the problem of physical access to medical care. The new platform addresses four additional key healthcare delivery challenges, including the scarcity and productivity of clinical expertise, collaboration with many clinicians, information exchange, and personalization to engage patients in ways that make them more active participants in consults.

HealthPresence creates streamlined clinical encounters by integrating two technology innovations: Cisco TelePresence and Cisco Unified Communications. With high-definition video, clear audio and connected medical devices, Cisco HealthPresence supports collaboration and personalization. Patients in HealthPresence encounters can see images and listen to sounds from a variety of diagnostic devices, such as digital stethoscopes, actively participating with what clinicians see and hear.

The technology platform was released in the United States in March 2010.

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