Telehealth: Communication Technology has Become the Backbone of Healthcare Institutions

Posted by / April 11, 2014

As the healthcare sector continues to evolve, so does the importance of integrating communication technologies in healthcare institutions. “Telehealth” or “telemedicine,” is the delivery of health-related services and information via audiovisual and telecommunication, has become increasingly common among healthcare professionals as a means of reliable and expedited correspondence. In fact, the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) reported that there are approximately 200 U.S. telemedicine networks linking over 3,000 sites, with over 80,000 homes have been wired for remote healthcare monitoring. Effective use of communication technology by healthcare professionals can lead to improved patient care and overall operational efficiency.

According to a study conducted by Matthew A. Hein, International Trade Specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce, the need for telemedicine is further compounded by the following factors:

  • Shortage of healthcare professionals being educated, trained and licensed
  • Significant increase in the U.S. population—estimated growth of 20 percent (to 363 million) between 2008-2030
  • Increasing incidence of chronic diseases around the world, including diabetes, congestive heart failure and obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Need for efficient care of the elderly, home-bound, and physically challenged patients
  • Lack of specialists and health facilities in rural areas
  • Adverse events, injuries and illness at hospitals and physician’s offices

Some of the benefits of implementing communication technology in a healthcare institution include:

  • Enhanced productivity by streamlining communication between doctors and staff
  • Increased efficiency of public health service delivery
  • Allows patients with chronic illnesses living at home accessibility to proper information and care
  • Simulated Therapist Interaction
  • Provides new opportunities to connect with culturally diverse populations and improves community and population health
  • Video conferencing between doctors and medical students allows for continued learning outside of the classroom

While Synergy CT has had telecommunications experience in the healthcare industry, we often turn to the thought leadership of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). HIMSS is the industry’s membership organization exclusively focused on providing authority for the optimal use of healthcare information technology and management systems for the betterment of human health.

Synergy CT provides mobile and integrated collaboration solutions that would be ideal for the healthcare sector. This technology empowers healthcare professionals to deliver vast amounts of critical data to key players, and do so both smoothly and cost-effectively.

From waiting rooms to multiple clinic locations, we plan, implement and support solutions to accommodate multi-vendor interoperability in the operating facilities. Synergy CT’s audiovisual and telecommunications solutions bring people together, anywhere, anytime, using the most advanced collaboration systems available in the market.

About the author
Todd Spell has been in the audiovisual industry for 19+ years providing solutions to over 350 clients in a variety of industry sectors. In 1995, Todd began his career in the AV industry as an Account Representative with Creative Presentations in Lafayette, Louisiana and later opened the Houston branch in 2000. From 2001 to 2004, he was a founding partner in Intermedia Technologies, helping clients in industries such as higher education, petrochemical, etc. In March of 2004, Todd founded Synergy AV and has been serving as president/CEO since then. In 2013, the company decided to change their name from Synergy AV to Synergy CT to better exemplify who they are.