At MultiSense Communications we pride ourselves on our range of Professional Services that we offer. We employ dedicated trainers to attend site following installations, who will work with the users and administrators of systems to ensure that you will get the most out of your system. Our dedicated technical team are also able to advise on network, bandwidth and firewall issues.
We’ve recently read a great presentation from The King’s Fund which looks at the impact of telehealth on the management of Long Term Conditions – unsurprisingly to us, this impact was found to be positive overall.
The Kings Fund looked at 64 telehealth studies, which covered seven different long term health conditions. The majority of studies were for patients suffering with diabetes or heart failure/stroke.
In one heart failure case study, the use of telehealth was able to reduce the hospitalisation rate of effected patient by a massive 47.5%. In one diabetes case study the cost of giving care to the patients was reduced by €650 per patient versus traditional care methods. Not only did the diabetes case study reduce the healthcare costs, but it also reduced patient’s work absences.
If you would like to view the whole presentation click here.
The methods used to implement changes such as the use of telehealth are a crucial factor for its success.
In 2011 around 50,000 VHA patients received telehealth services and this number looks set to rise, making this the largest implementation of telehealth worldwide. These telehealth services are for designated individuals and populations across the USA. Initially this programme’s focus was on the active management of chronic conditions and post traumatic stress disorder, however following this success it is moving into other areas such as obesity management.
Currently in the UK there are more than 15 million people who suffer from conditions that cannot be cured, but can be managed through medication. As part of the Life Sciences program, 3 million people will be given access to telehealth technology in their homes. The recently published Department of Health’s Whole System Demonstrator (WSD) Programme headline findings document shows how these patients can benefit from telecare. It has been acknowledged that with many telehealth pilot projects currently running within the NHS, the overall approach is somewhat disjointed.
There are a number of similarities between the VHA and NHS and it is with these similarities in mind where it is felt that the NHS could learn from the VHA’s telehealth experiences. The table below, showing the potential scale and cost saving within key disease groups across the NHS, has been taken from the full report – Telehealth – What can the NHS learn from experience at the US Veterans Health Administration? There is a lot of very useful and interesting information in this report – definitely worth a read!
Polycom have launched their fantastic online tool – the Virtual Solution Centre which gives you access to a wide range of product information – data sheets, case studies and videos. Well worth a look at – Virtual Solution Centre
Thank you to everyone who came to visit our stand at the Long Term Conditions conference on 1st February. It was very well attended, with lots of interest in our products and the demonstration of our telemedicine solutions.
For many people, especially the elderly or those with mobility problems, making the journey to a medical appointment can be impossible. This can result in patients not receiving the treatment that they so desperately need.
The implementation of telemedicine enables remote consultations of these patients, with their doctors to take place, without the waste of time and money previously involved in travelling. At the Presbyterian Home For Central New York and New Hartford, videoconferencing has been deployed to allow just this sort of consultation to take place, click here to read the full story
We are really proud to have developed, in consultation with Lancashire & Cumbria Stroke Network the MultiSense Communications’ Telestroke Remote Consultation Solution. This has been implemented within Lancashire & Cumbria Stroke Network, who have produced a ‘Good Practice Telestroke Case Study’. So many patients have already benefited from the Telestroke implementation and these numbers are increasing daily, here are the latest patient figures.
On the 1st February 2012 at the prestigious QEII Conference Centre, close to The Houses of Parliament in London, the Long – Term Conditions 2012 Conference gets underway. Come and see us on Stand 3.
A “not to be missed” event if you are a senior health and social care professional wanting to gain a comprehensive insight into Government plans for Long Term Care Conditions.
Long Term Conditions Conference at QEII Conference Centre, London 1st February 2012
With around 350 senior clinical and service managers attending this year’s event, it’s a great opportunity to mingle, share views and discuss with your peers, how care for patients with long term conditions is taking shape.
MultiSense Communications will be there supporting the conference and demonstrating our technologies that can really make a difference by further improving care and outcomes, reducing costs and helping to improve Consultant’s and Clinician’s productivity. Our high performance technology enables remote face to face consultations using specialist camera technologies.
We’ve recently read a two part report about the way videoconferencing has changed how people communicate with each other, especially at work.
With over 16 years of experience in the supply and support of videoconferencing, we know that there are a great number of benefits that will be realised by people using videoconferencing.
It has been widely documented that in the UK we work much longer hours than some of our European counterparts – videoconferencing is a fantastic way of redressing the work-life balance that seems to be somewhat weighted in favour of work. Imagine, if you will, you are required to attend a 2 hour meeting at one of your company’s other offices, which is 2 hours drive away. Assuming you were to work an 8 hour day – 75% of your day will be taken up attending this meeting, when really it should only have been 25%, had you used videoconferencing. Also then take into account the savings of other costs – travel including fuel, wear and tear on the car, road tolls and subsistence and the reduction in carbon emissions by not travelling.
Traffic jams can be avoided when you use videoconferencing
We are not by any means suggesting that you never travel again, far from it, but by replacing, for example, even one in every three meetings with videoconferencing the time and cost savings that will be made are enormous. If you would like to read more, here are the two parts [part 1] [part 2] of the report mentioned above, why not give us a call and we can show you just how much your organisation could save by investing in this technology.
We read a really interesting article from Paul Corrigan, giving his theories on why changes within the NHS, specifically the introduction of telemedicine are often thwarted simply because individuals do not want change. He even goes so far as to say that he feels that there is a “conspiracy within the NHS against the implementation of step change”. Paul Corrigan also points out some of the massive benefits that can be achieved through the implementation of telehealth.
This newly released Polycom software update for the RealPresence platform enables Polycom and other standards-based video collaboration solutions to connect to Cisco TelePresence Systems, providing greater interoperability and investment protection for customers.
MultiSense Communications designs and implements an innovative 24 x 7 Telestroke solution that has been installed at a number of hospitals around Lancashire & Cumbria.
The Telestroke service utilises groundbreaking technology which will maximise the number of patients given effective stroke treatment and drastically reduce the number of stroke related disabilities and deaths in Lancashire and Cumbria.
MultiSense Communications designed and installed a telepresence solution for the main conference room in our Paris office. The solution includes two LCD displays, a short throw projector and screen, ceiling mounted microphones and two video cameras, all of which are controlled from a touch-screen console, programmed by MultiSense Communications. From a map of the room layout, displayed on the touch-screen, we can select to display content from any of six laptops located in the conference room or content from far-end participants. A number of pre-set camera positions can be easily selected from the touch-screen, from where they can also be manually controlled.
MultiSense Communications listened to our needs and created a solution that exceeded all of our expectations, giving us the ultimate in flexibility, functionality and ease-of-use.