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Medical Teleconferencing: easy to adopt

Picture of a procedure in an operating theatre.A subset of applications seem to slip smoothly into healthcare causing minimum disruption and delivering maximum benefit. Examples are PACS, Electronic Document Management, the Vocera Communications System and Teleconferencing.

On 4 July 2008 Mr Prakash Punjabi, a leading NHS cardothoracic surgeon working at Imperial College Healthcare, performed a heart valve repair in West London while in conference with more than 40 other surgeons throughout the world using high definition equipment provided by Multisense Communications.

Mr Punjabi says: "This is an excellent illlustration of the use of modern technology to provide advanced surgical training and techniques, which is enabling us to provide best treatments to patients across the NHS."

Perhaps we should base our efforts to increase the adoption and integration of ICT into healthcare on such technologies and build on them.


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Live Surgical Master Class at Hammersmith Hospital uses HD Medical Conferencing to educate international surgeons on pioneering heart valve surgery

As featured on the BBC news, doctors from around the world gathered at Hammersmith Hospital recently to participate in a Live Surgical Master Class which exploits the latest High Definition (HD) Medical Conferencing equipment to allow doctors to communicate with the consultant as he operates.

Mr Prakash P Punjabi, a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust, was performing a delicate heart procedure widely seen as a pioneering and lifesaving operation. Mr Punjabi has helped to develop the procedure whereby heart valves are repaired rather than replaced. In another part of the hospital, clinicians from around the world were paying close attention via video link, and thanks to this state of the art system, were able to converse with the surgeon throughout the procedure.

The Medical Conferencing equipment has been developed by MultiSense Communications http://www.multisense.co.uk using the latest Polycom High Definition video technology. It provides high quality video and audio in the operating theatre and the auditorium enabling the invited audience to observe the procedure in close up and high definition via the camera on the endoscope, see the vital signs and also pose questions to Mr Punjabi - a totally interactive session. Doctors and other healthcare specialists therefore see it as a valuable tool in developing new techniques and for educational purposes.

One clinician commented: “Watching other surgeons work actually brings a different level of experience and education compared to reading books and journals.”

Mr Punjabi explains: “Using this technology we can attempt to transfer skills to willing surgeons who are looking to learn about it and understand the concepts so that they can adapt it and use it themselves. Despite the pressure of answering questions whilst performing, patient care is clearly our top priority. As well as providing training, this technology can also be used by hospital trusts to generate extra revenue for the hospital.”

“This is an excellent illustration of the use of modern technology to provide advanced surgical training and techniques which is enabling us to provide the best treatment to patients across the NHS. This highly complex procedure could not have been transmitted without the help and solution from MultiSense Communications and Polycom.”

Martin Granger, Healthcare Solutions Executive at MultiSense Communications, comments: “There is now confidence in Medical Conferencing solutions which is enabling it to become a seamless, vital tool for every day healthcare use, as our Master Class illustrates. We hope that in future doctors will be able to routinely log on and speak to specialists as they work.”

Aaron Payne, VP for UK and Ireland at Polycom, comments: “MultiSense Communications is one of Polycom's fully accredited Healthcare Solution Provider with over 15 years experience in this market. Telemedicine is the perfect example of how video can facilitate efficient collaboration in ultimate HD quality. We’re delighted that Mr Punjabi has been able to use it to carry out such an important procedure that is helping to educate surgeons from around the world and generate much needed revenue for the hospital.”
Notes to editors:

MultiSense Communications has over fifteen years experience in all aspects of video-conferencing and is Polycom’s only focused Specialist Healthcare Partner. MultiSense Communications is involved in many advanced and specialised healthcare applications which include cancer Multi Disciplinary Team meetings (MDTs), Telemedicine, A&E and MIU. In this 61st year of the NHS, such projects are helping clinicians provide enhanced patient care, reduce the need for travel and achieve the eighteen week target from GP referral. MultiSense Communications provide consultancy, product, training and operational support to clinicians throughout the UK. For additional information please call 01494 461949 or visit our website www.multisense.co.uk

Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM) is a global leader in telepresence, video, and voice solutions and a visionary in communications that empower people to connect and collaborate everywhere. Please visit www.polycom.co.uk for more information or connect with Polycom on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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