It's not just hospitals in America that are taking advantage of video conferencing technology to communicate with their faraway patients - some hospitals in Europe are embracing the new systems, too.
John Paul II Hospital in Krakow, Poland, has implemented one of the most modern campus networks in the country in order to better serve the thousands of patients who pass through its doors each year. The institution, which is currently being expanded, is already one of the largest healthcare facilities in Poland. It comprises 17 buildings, spread out over 10 hectares, with 550 beds and 14 round-the-clock medical care units, including seven clinical departments. It treats approximately 100,000 patients per year, more than 20,000 of whom are hospitalized for extended stays.
The network not only reduces paper flow in the hospital and provides secure access to medical records for physicians throughout the institution, it also utilizes video conferencing technology to better educate physicians and provide top-quality care to patients. For example, the video conferencing system allowed participants in the conference "Modern Techniques of Endoscopy in Diseases of the Lungs," organized by the hospital in December 2010, to view a live broadcast of an endobronchial valve implantation while listening to the commentary of the doctors who performed the procedure.
Many hospitals across the U.S. and throughout the world have embraced video conferencing systems for a number of reasons, including the ability to communicate with doctors and patients in remote areas.