Video conferencing and telepresence; making the world a smaller place

Rustin Hood is aap3’s systems engineer working in San Jose. In this week’s blog he describes how video conferencing and telepresence is not only a valuable business tool, but is also helping to save lives.

Over the last three years I have installed video conferencing and telepresence systems in countless countries on multiple continents. When someone inquires as to what I do for a living, I jokingly reply, “I travel so you don’t have to.”

Video conferencing and telepresence is not just for business executives and global enterprises anymore. Over the years I have watched it evolve into what it is today. One industry that has benefited the most from this technology is healthcare. Telemedicine is now mainstream and allows patients in hospitals and clinics across the world access to specialists who would otherwise be unreachable due to geographical limitations.

I live in Idaho, which is a haven for outdoor activities. It is also a very rural state and many of the hospitals are small with limited resources. I’m also an avid skier, and in the last few years have taken up the sport of backcountry skiing. The backcountry conditions can be harsh and unforgiving and in the event of an emergency a large hospital is often hours away. Telemedicine allows for immediate collaboration between small hospitals and larger ones, saving precious time.

So whether it’s global collaboration with your colleagues in the Middle East or an emergency situation in a remote corner of Idaho, video conferencing and telepresence is truly making the world a smaller place.