Video-Conferencing Stretches Dollars in Healthcare Industry
IT solutions frequently provide multiple benefits simultaneously. When it comes to the adoption of video-conferencing technology in the healthcare sector, benefits include a better use of resources targeted toward training personnel as well as more available revenue from patient care activities.
Before technologies such as video-conferencing were available, medical staff typically had to travel long distances to attend regional, state-level, or national training opportunities. This consumed a significant percentage of training funds because costs would include airline tickets, ground transfers, hotel bills, and per diem payments for meals and incidentals. In addition, it left facilities without key personnel for days at a time.
With video-conferencing, however, most of these costs are eliminated. Other benefits also accrue: since travel is no longer required, it becomes cost-effective to offer shorter training sessions that can occur at much more frequent intervals. This leads to improved retention of new information. Video-conferencing also allows for smaller, more targeted training groups.
Video-conferencing also enables hospitals to treat patients they would previously have had to send to other facilities. Now, experts can be consulted via video-conferencing while the patient remains in place, which has benefits in terms of revenue but also in terms of better patient outcomes in cases where moving the patient represents some level of risk.
While video-conferencing brings with it powerful benefits, many healthcare organizations are ill-equipped to evaluate the software and hardware needed. An IT consultant with experience in the field can provide invaluable advice so that the system acquired will work seamlessly with existing infrastructure.