Video conferencing makes lengthy hospital stays easier for children

Wednesday, July 6 2011

One industry that is uniquely positioned to take advantage of video conferencing technology is medicine. In this field, the expertise of a doctor is able to be transmitted over vast distances to help medical professionals correctly assess the condition of a patient. A Minnesota hospital has discovered another way that web conferencing can be of use.

The University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital in Bloomington, Minnesota, has installed video conferencing suites in 21 rooms, according to the Bradenton Herald. The installation is meant to help ease the minds and hearts of children and their families while they undergo treatment and recover from illnesses.

As difficult as being a long-term hospital patient can be for an adult, the psychological toll is even higher for a child. Scared and alone, many kids with serious illnesses must travel great distances to receive the best medical care. As a result, they're often separated from their parents for long periods of time. Video conferencing technology can give them comfort by allowing them to communicate with parents who could be thousands of miles away.