What’s The Number One Benefit Of Video Conferencing?

videoconferencing productivitySome companies look into video conferencing to save money on travel expenses. Others want to make sure that employees are paying attention in meetings (hello, nanny cam!) while many people find that the benefit of interacting visually enhances the connectivity of a team.

A recent TechTarget article examining the benefits of video conferencing states:

For decades, enterprises have turned to video conferencing in large part as a means of reducing business travel expenses. However, a recent survey by Duxbury, Mass.-based Wainhouse Research of 4,700 end users of video conferencing found that the incentives for using video are shifting: 94% noted that the biggest benefit was increased efficiency and productivity; 88% cited increased impact of discussions; and 87% said video expedited decision-making — the same percentage who said it reduced travel. The survey was included in a whitepaper sponsored by video conferencing vendor Polycom.

Increased efficiency and productivity are the top benefits of using video conferencing technology to enable remote collaboration. That’s pretty impressive, but we are not surprised. WhyGo has been helping people do this for over ten years now, and we’ve seen the benefits of video conference first hand, over and over again.

The fact that you have a definite start and stop time probably have something to do with the productivity. You know there’s a deadline, so you cut the chitchat and get to work. At the same time, you get to know the people you are working with even though you are miles apart. Our public video conference rooms are available all over the world, and they have been a vital link in communications to bring people together to work as a team to get things accomplished.

Who Can Not Use WhyGo’s Network?

videoconference bridgingOne of the great things about our global network of video conferencing and telepresence facilities is the way it can accommodate a meeting that includes someone who is not part of the WhyGo network. All you need to do is add your VidTel, MS Lync, BlueJeans, or Easymeeting details to your invites and those virtual meeting rooms connect to ours. That means anybody using Skype, Google+, MS Lync, SIP, or IP/H323 can join in the conversation.

Our Outlook plug-in launches any video system via any bridge or MCU, including Telepresence. You just ask us how and we will help you get all the connections checked before the meeting starts.

We work with most of the best video providers in the world, and our own network has over 3500 public venues. Our customers use this network and connect to others with help from our amazing global operation teams. With locations all over the world, there will be support for your meeting scheduling any time you need it, any time zone, any day.

Our video conferencing scheduling software is the best, and our support teams only make it better. You can add people, rooms (both public and private), and services of all types with one easy to use booking system. It’s great!

So, if you think you can’t use WhyGo’s Network, it’s time to find out why not. Explore the WhyGo website, then give us a call and we can answer your questions. Our technical support team can tell you if the systems or devices you are considering are compatible and how well they will connect to other venues. You might discover that all of them will work, because most of them do.

Telehealth In The Mid-US Is Flourishing

telehealth in the U.S.Nebraska, in the middle of the United States, is full of spacious stretches of land and sky with widely scattered inhabitants. Although it has a long way to go before it maximizes telehealth, it might be the first place it was used in the nation. Some 55 years ago, Dr. Cecil Wittson, a former University of Nebraska Medical Center dean and chancellor, did some psychiatric consultation with two-way audio and video similar to closed-circuit television. At the time, it was the best way to treat distant patients without transporting them many miles to an office.

A recent article in the Omaha World-Herald gives an interesting update to Nebraska’s telehealth progress. “Doctor’s home visit is back – kind of- as telehealth flourishes nationwide” by Rick Ruggles looks at the way things have changed.

“This is like the tsunami. So much is happening. Technology is changing really rapidly. Legislation is changing,” said Mandi Constantine, who was hired 15 months ago as executive director of telehealth for the Nebraska Medical Center to hasten the hospital’s efforts.

Telehealth is being used in rural areas to connect specialists to patients in local doctors’ offices without having to drive hundreds of miles. Psychiatric appointments are happening in nursing homes via videoconferencing instead of transporting frail patients and compromising their health. The Nebraska Med Center has at least 13 new test projects and initiatives in telehealth covering a wide range of specialties.

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs began using telehealth in the late 1990s, adding remote patient monitoring in the following decade. Last year, 608,900 patients were cared for using home monitoring, videoconferences, and related technology. According to Dr. Adam Darkins, the Veterans Health Administrations chief consultant for telehealth, the VA saves about $2,000 a year per patient with technology that costs about $300-400 per patient annually and keeps them out of the hospital. Video telehealth specialties include wound care, nutritional counseling, infectious diseases, and psychiatry.

It’s interesting to see how video conferencing and similar technologies is improving healthcare in areas that previously had few medical options. WhyGo has been watching the global state of the video conference for over ten years, and it is exciting to see telehealth be an established part of medical practice.

 

3 Advantages Of Videoconferencing For HR

HR videoconferencingHuman Resources professionals have been using video conferencing to interview prospective candidates for some time now. It is a good tool for managing training and flexing work schedules, as well as increasing productivity. The majority prefer using video collaboration technologies over email and voice conferences because it effectively removes distance barriers and improves team productivity.

In the case of job interviews, video conferencing has some distinct advantages:

  • For many HR directors, reducing travel costs is very attractive, but they need to be able to see a candidate face-to-face before making an ideal evaluation. Video interviews are effective in allowing both goals to be achieved. The ability to reach candidates who are geographically scattered without the expense and time of travel benefits everyone.
  • Both the candidate and the company are interested in shortening the time it takes to fill an open position. Video conferencing allows many interviews to take place with widely scattered potential employees in as little as a day. This speeds up the hiring process without sacrificing quality interviews.
  • The ability to go beyond the interview process to add training sessions and collaboration efforts allows organizations to develop flexible work environments that also increase productivity, reduce commute time, and result in staff satisfaction and loyalty.

WhyGo’s global network of public and private video conference and telepresence facilities makes connecting with any potential job candidate, anywhere, a lot more practical. It’s just is a matter of Human Resources setting up a meeting with the candidate’s nearest room on the WhyGo Video Conference facility booking system. This works much better than a coffee shop environment for a professional interview. It also is much more secure for potentially sensitive training or collaboration sessions. Explore the possibilities for your enterprise!