Solution – PC/Mac Desktop Software Video Conferencing with open standards gateway
These products are similar to Skype in that they are installed as software on normal PC or Mac and use a Webcam and PC speakers. They are however designed for higher quality user experience and the hosted services can be run by different organizations. If configured correctly with good Broadband Internet the quality achievable is equal to high end room systems. They also support use over marginal speed Internet links without drastically compromising the consultation quality.
This type of solution removes the need for travel to get to a Hospital or Practice with a traditional room based VC system which may be many kilometres away for some patients. A high standard of consultation is possible for anyone with a relatively recent PC and good internet connection and some basic orientation in correct use.
These systems provide high resolution video and the ability to work consistently over standard Internet links without requiring the dedicated links used with Traditional Video Conferencing. They consists of:
Scenario: Remote consultation
From DoHA Medicare Rebates for Telehealth Brochure.
Mary lives on a dairy farm in NSW, twenty minutes drive from Bega. Mary’s local GP is Dr Sharma, who detected Mary’s respiratory disorder in 2010. Dr Sharma referred her to Dr Brown, a specialist... Read more..