A Low-Cost Approach to Telemedicine

Michael Vizard

When it comes to telemedicine, the conventional wisdom of the day is that it requires expensive, high-definition video conferencing systems running on top of dedicated hardware to make these types of applications available.


But Vidyo, a provider of video conferencing software, today is going to take issue with that thinking with the release of VidyoHealth that runs on standard PCs by accessing application software running on standard servers.



According to Marty Hollander, Vidyo senior vice president of marketing, the company has extended its architecture to include support for a variety of specialized medical devices. Medical personnel can then see through these devices to remotely examine a patient, right down to closely looking into the patient's eyeball or capturing facial expressions. That level of detail is critical, especially when a health care professional needs to remotely diagnose an illness and the patient is anywhere from a few a miles away to halfway around the globe.

Vidyo is locked in a battle with the likes of Cisco and Polycom to redefine high-definition video conferencing using a much lower-cost approach that leverages all the processing power that is readily available.

Given the budget sensitivity of a lot of companies in the health care space, it's pretty certain that Vidyo may be just what the doctor ordered for more than a few health care organizations.

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