Increasing the quality of healthcare through communication tools

Thursday, July 19 2012

Using online web meeting tools has been a regular practice for doctors and other healthcare providers in the U.S. for a number of years, but this outlet can now assist with physician collaboration. This will not only benefit medical advances but provide those with little access to care an outlet for assistance.

Some institutions like the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute are using video conferencing as an assistance tool for collaborative learning and discussion of cancer treatments around the world, according to TechTarget. The organization is building web apps and interacting with a global healthcare consortium of specialists and physicians, all connected thanks to the help of online meeting tools.

Patients can also benefit from getting doctors on the web, UK Authority reported. As individuals can now catch up with their physician after a visit, they can be monitored remotely or discuss treatment options without travelling all the way to the office. This is particularly good for those without the ability to access an office or hospital, such as people who are homebound or individuals in remote or impoverished parts of the world.