Doctors can use video conferencing to help save lives

Friday, August 26 2011

Imagine studying abroad in Helsinki, Finland. The architecture, in all of its innovative glory, towers over your head as you walk down Mannerheimintie street. The shops that line the the boulevard are bustling with visitors. The push-carts on the sidewalks are full of flowers and give off an overwhelmingly pleasant smell.

Suddenly the unexpected happens and you collapse. You wake up the next morning surrounded by doctors who are speaking in a language you cannot understand. After carefully looking you over, and noticing that your eyes have opened, they let you know that you are in an intensive care unit and being treated for something - but they are not sure what yet.

The doctor that continues to take care of you while the others exit walks over to a screen by the side of the room and begins talking to someone through it. After focusing in on the picture, you realize that he is discussing your condition in English with a doctor in the United States. They're communicating over video conferencing technology and exchanging insight about possible diagnoses for your condition.

Companies such as MegaMeeting are able to supply hospitals with video conferencing technology that could help diagnose and save a life in the case of an emergency. By easily communicating with anyone, at anytime, we're using our collective knowledge to help save lives in hospitals all around the world.