Video conferencing could save on medical bills

The use of high definition video conferencing could cut medical bills, according to Communicating with patients via video link may save them thousands, if they don’t have to travel to the hospital.

Lev Gonick, the chief information officer and vice president for information technology services at Case Western Reserve University believes allowing patients to use high definition video conferencing facilities is almost better than meeting in person, such is the quality of the technology.

Using high-speed broadband and stereoscopic sound, the system could support full, uncompressed data. It would mean that the images produced are clearer than what can be seen by the naked eye. Gonick says the system is: “In terms of the technical experience, the difference between standard definition and ultra high definition. Once you’ve watched football in high definition, you will never go back.”

The technology for ultra high definition video conferencing, which is still being developed, could revolutionise the health care system, particularly for bed-bound patients. It can also be effectively used in schools and for people with privacy issues. reported that HD video can give a reliable performance and is widely available in a price range that can be afforded by schools and universities. It allows students to have access to the curriculum, as well as give teachers the option to invite guest speakers or have panel discussions with people from all over the world.