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UK Healthcare Industry to Embrace Video Conferencing

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The UK healthcare system is going to start embracing video conferencing technology, David Cameron has said this week.

The Prime Minister has explained that enabling doctors and nurses to use video calling technology will improve hospital efficiency and also enable patients to be seen outside of traditional working hours. LifeSize is one of the leading providers of medical video conferencing solutions around the world; it specialises in this sector and brings together patients and doctors in a convenient, cost-effective manner.

The new UK initiative is estimated to cost around £1.8 million and will serve over seven million patients across 1,100 practices. The goal is to reduce the amount of time patients have to wait to be seen by doctors at general practices. This, in turn, will reduce the number of people who go to hospitals, particularly Accident and Emergency wards.

For regular patients, such as those who have been recently released from hospital or the elderly, it will mean they can video call with their doctor from the comfort of their own home. This alleviates a great strain on the cash-strapped NHS which, like many public services, is being asked to do more with tighter budgets – this innovative technology is one means of them fulfilling this brief.

The various video conferencing solutions by LifeSize, are great examples of using technology to break down traditional barriers and allow real-time analysis of a patient through a computer, tablet or mobile device. It can bring together multiple specialists to examine one person or provide a patient with access to expertise that geographically might not have been available to them.

LifeSize is the HD video solutions arm of IT firm Logitech.

For more information about LifeSize, please click here .

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