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The medical industry has been plagued with inefficiency and at time seems immune to breakthroughs. One of the reasons for this is the loss of productivity experienced when dealing with paperwork. Each doctor in the United States has, on average, 390 patients to work with.
At Zoom, we believe that technology should not get in the way of the medical profession; rather, it should help institutions raise their productivity so that they can provide superior services to patients. Part of the productivity issue we’re facing in the medical industry comes from issues of patient privacy, limiting its ability to use new and promising technologies that other major industries enjoy.
Zoom excels in healthcare applications. Don’t take our word for it, though. For real-life examples of Zoom helping healthcare providers, you can see our case study on the Apractis Clinic. Here’s a summary: Zoom fits like a glove.
That all said, let’s have a look at what specifically Zoom can do for healthcare.
If there’s ever a cog in the practice of medicine that gets in the way of patient care, it’s the consult. When a medical practitioner has difficulties making recommendations or drawing conclusions about a patient, an expert (a specialist) in the patient’s particular situation is very helpful. It not only makes the process easier for the doctor; it can also make a huge difference in the patient’s overall health.
The one thing that makes a consult really difficult is the unavailability of these experts to their colleagues due to their busy schedules or remote locations. Video conferencing can resolve both problems quite easily, but sending patient records through non-in-house sources over video is risky since it may violate patient privacy regulations.
Zoom answers this by providing a harmonious hybrid cloud environment, where video hosting happens in-house. This means that the hospital’s (or clinic’s) servers are in ultimate control of all streaming video. Just imagine sharing scans of MRIs and X-rays with a colleague at a clinic 50 miles away. This means less driving and more doctoring. According to common sense, healthier patients are happier than sick patients.
Learn more about Zoom and HIPAA.
It wasn’t very long ago when the first paging service was launched in New York City. Sure, Zoom can’t replace a pager, but it can act as a convenient layer on top of it, like icing on the cake. As doctors ditch pagers in favor of smartphones, Zoom’s mobile app becomes an even more appetizing way to communicate quickly through video. This way, a doctor’s presence at the facility may not always be absolutely necessary.
Different departments can share information with each other without having to go through a significant learning curve. Doctors are good at doctoring, but this isn’t always a measure on how capable they are with technology. That’s why we have an interface that’s so easy to use, everyone “zooms” with proficiency.
Hospitals and clinics are among some of the most expensive institutions to run, and much of that cost comes from things that have more to do with following protocol than actually getting the patient better.
Surprisingly enough, using Zoom will help healthcare institutions reduce costs by eliminating the need for personal displacement and administrative overhaul. Similarly, doctors can meet with patients without having to displace them. Zoom can also save you over 80% compared to other services.
One of the most egregious obstacles in the way of patient care is the impracticality of having to displace the patient and make him/her wait for several hours before being attended to. What if a simple scheduled video call is all it took to consult someone? Surely, some situations would require that the patient come to the doctor’s office. However, there are many instances where a simple video consultation could suffice.
We’re going to state the obvious here: Patients who feel too sick to leave home would be relieved to meet their doctor in a video setting, especially if the price paid for this service is much lower than it would cost to bring in a doctor on a house call.
If there’s any doubt that healthcare can benefit from Zoom, then we challenge you to try our software out for free, no strings attached. Sign up for a free account today! Or learn more about Zoom’s healthcare plan.