HealthPresence Offers Virtual Face Time with the Doctor

Monday, February 4th, 2008
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

With our eldest away at college, we visit her virtually via our webcam and an online telephone service. Herky-jerky video quality aside, it reassures us greatly to see and hear her “live.” So I can certainly understand the positive reaction of physicians and patients in Scotland to Cisco’s new HealthPresence technology. This week, we report on the worldwide launch of this tool, which creates a virtual face-to-face experience for patients and providers.

Cisco HealthPresence is a technical platform that interfaces with medical diagnostic equipment, such as stethoscopes and otoscopes, as well as a vital signs monitor that can measure blood pressure, temperature, pulse rate and pulse oximetry to capture the physiological condition of the patient. An attendant is available to operate the medical devices on behalf of the remotely located caregiver as well as to maintain the technology in good operating condition.

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