Healthcare coSpaces: Dare to Dream

A surgeon is awoken at 4am. A trauma patient in critical condition has just arrived at the Emergency Room and urgently needs surgery. A telemedicine cart is at the patient’s side. The surgeon grabs his 4G LTE iPad and visually reviews the patient. As the surgeon gets into his car, he transfers the call to his smartphone and continues the dialog with the ER doctor. At the hospital, the surgeon transfers back to his iPad as he preps to enter the Operating Room.

OR Consultation

Proof of Concept video: Google Glass in SurgeryDuring the operation, the surgeon uncovers yet another problem. He uses Google Glass to share his patient view with a second surgeon, who is at her office on a laptop a thousand miles away. She illustrates a new technique, visible in the Google Glass, with instructions followed step-by-step by the first surgeon.

Post-op

The surgeon meets the patient’s family in a consultation room, with the patient’s parents joining over video in the Family coSpace that is set up for each patient. The parents have joined by clicking on a link in an email.

The surgeon then meets with the entire patient care team at once in a Patient Care coSpace to discuss aftercare. The patient’s physician is on the phone, physical therapists are on video from their iPads, and residents and nurses are gathered in a video-enabled conference room across campus.

Grand Rounds

Doctor on iPad

The patient care team meets regularly on video to discuss progress and view patient examinations while a telemedicine cart is rolled from room to room to chat with the assigned nurse and family. The team leaves notes in the coSpace to ensure everyone is aware of treatment changes. The coSpace is maintained even after the patient returns home and until care ends.

Fact or Fiction?

Every action described is possible today with Acano coSpaces, and Google Glass in the Operating Room is just around the corner (watch this Google Glass OR Proof of Concept video).

Think of coSpaces as virtual consultation rooms. Anyone, including doctors, nurses, patients, and family members, can join together over audio, video and web. Participants can join using the Acano client on an iPhone, iPad, or PC, or from a video system. Anyone can join a call by clicking a hyperlink from their PC or Mac, with no downloads or plug-ins, making home access easy.

Read the Acano in Healthcare White Paper

Next Evolution in Healthcare

Telemedicine baby incubator

Scale and affordabilityare critical in healthcare. Combine life-changing video applications available to only a select few today with a mobile, easy and secure solution for a vast number of patients and caregivers and we can change healthcare. For example:

Prenatal care.
Cedars Neonatal Bonding via iPad

Hospitals like Cedars-Sinai and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital provide parents with the ability to see their premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), even to speak to them to begin bonding when they are unable to hold them. Watch a video.

With Acano, a Baby coSpace can be set up for each tiny patient. Moms and dads can enter the coSpace at any time to see and talk to their baby securely from an iPad or their own PC from another floor, home or work. The doctor can join from his office, and the nurse from the nursing station.

Oncology.

UMGCC telemedicineUniversity of Maryland’s Greenebaum Cancer Center (UMGCC) use room-to-room telemedicine equipment to connect specialists to discuss patient cases. Specialists in medical, surgical and radiation oncology collaborate to discuss treatment plans and diseases like breast and lung cancer. Community-based physicians also join the video-enabled meeting to access the specialists to discuss patients in their communities. The plan was to “remove all the barriers to the academic village”.

However, the expansion of the program to other specialties has been slowed by the hardware cost and interoperability amongst the suggested vendor’s requirements.

With Healthcare coSpaces, each specialist could join from their office laptop or iPad using an Acano client or Microsoft Lync. Interoperability would also no longer be an issue. Community physicians could also join from their existing devices, even from the patient’s bedside, making it possible to expand the reach of expert healthcare to every community.

(Another) True Story: Danish Healthcare System

Acano customer MedCom sees a vast number of applications for coSpaces in the Danish healthcare system. According to Peder Illum, Acano covers video room-to-video room telehealth needs and “gives us the possibility to think ‘out of the box’ through an unlimited number of Acano coSpaces, which basically are virtual meeting rooms where health professionals can discuss treatment.”

“Acano coSpaces could enable high quality communication between patients/citizens and doctors and municipalities using only web browsers on their own PCs, while still maintaining high security through encryption. It could even be possible for distant family members to visit hospitalized patients. Acano gives us a frame to implement this on a potentially very large scale,” Illum explains.

Dare to Dream

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