Polycom video collaboration supports patient care in underserved rural Alabama

Polycom announced that its video collaboration solutions are able to provide point of care pharmacy services to patients in underserved rural and urban areas using Polycom’s video capabilities.

Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy, rated in the top 20 percent of all pharmacy schools according to the 2012 rankings of U.S News & World Report, is using Polycom video collaboration solutions to bring professors and students together with distance learning that fosters the development of a new generation of pharmacists.

Furthermore, students in their latter-year clinical rotations are able to provide point-of-care pharmacy services to patients in underserved rural and urban areas using Polycom’s video capabilities.

“Video conferencing technology is here today, and mobile devices have caught up with the concepts. The dream of helping people who just can’t make it to the doctor is becoming a reality. That is the future of our school,” said Barry McConatha, Manager of Information and Instructional Technology at Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy.

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Auburn’s Harrison School of Pharmacy have students on campuses in Auburn and Mobile, Alabama, with clinical faculty situated in satellite locations throughout Alabama, including Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery, and Tuscaloosa, and in Columbus, Georgia.

The school sought a solution that will help it deliver a centralized teaching infrastructure located in the main campus, and Polycom was chosen as the ideal solution.

The centralized infrastructure, located on the main campus, provides a solution comprised of the Polycom RealPresence Collaboration Server 2000, Polycom CMA 5000, Polycom Video Content Management Solutions, and Polycom RealPresence Media Manager.

The solution allows unified communications applications such as desktop and mobile applications and recorded lectures, to be customized to each audience, including testing and tracking.

“Polycom technology makes it possible to eliminate distance barriers and bring students, faculty and patients together,” said Davino.

A recent “Global View: Business Video Conferencing Usage and Trends” survey of more than 1,200 business decision makers, conducted by Redshift Research and commissioned by Polycom, video conferencing is an essential tool helping improve team collaboration and closing the physical and cultural gap between colleagues doing business across distances.

As per the survey, 96 percent business decision makers believe video conferencing removes distance barriers and improves productivity between teams in different cities and countries.

The survey also revealed that 83 percent of respondents, and almost 90 percent of those in their 20s and 30s, use consumer video conferencing solutions at home today, and almost half of all respondents use video conferencing at home at least once a week.

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