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VSee CEO Moderates Kaiser, Sutter Health at CAHL Telemedicine Workshop

Telemedicine panel

Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, Stanford Healthcare, and others will be joining a panel discussion on the implementation of telemedicine technologies in San Francisco on Thursday, June 25, 2015. VSee CEO Milton Chen will moderate.

These leading health care systems will share their experiences of changing the patient encounter through telehealth. This panel, coordinated by the California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CAHL) and Women Health Care Executives (WHCE), promises to reveal new insights for the healthcare industry.

This panel discussion is open to the public. You don’t need to be a CAHL member to attend. To join us, register here.

What:
“Telemedicine in the Health Care Delivery System” Panel Discussion

When:
Thursday, June 25, 2015
6:00pm – 8:30pm

Where:
California Pacific Medical Center
Davies Auditorium, B Level, North Tower
San Francisco, CA 94114

Cost:
$25 for CAHL members
$30 for non-members
$15 for students

Why VSee Free Video Conference for Education – A School Technology Integrator’s Review

* VSee group video chat is FREE for education.  Just sign up for your VSee account using your .edu or country-equivalent address. Please contact us for your free education account if your institution does not have a .edu email.

Guest blog by Claudia Novak, former Technology Integration Specialist at Nashua NH School District and technology expert for the New Hampshire Geographical Alliance.

school technology integration

For the past 20 years, I have been a Technology Integrator for the 17-school Nashua NH School District. One of the most powerful tools I have used has been video conferencing– both with my students and my teachers. For my teachers, it has been a great way to do training and problem solving when I couldn’t be at their school. For my students, it was a great way for them to connect to students at other schools within the school district or around the globe or participate in my Virtual Fieldtrips from anywhere .

Over the years, I have used several software solutions and even expensive dedicated IP to IP hardware solutions. No matter what software product or hardware solution I used, there was one huge issue – our school district’s lack of bandwidth during peak times of Internet usage. The other issue was ease of use for my teachers.

VSee – It’s Really That Simple for Teachers To Use

About 2 years ago I was introduced to VSee on an education blog. I downloaded the product on my laptop and my iPad. It didn’t require administrative rights for my teachers to download it to their laptops. It didn’t require special setups by my teachers to connect to the laptop/iPad camera and audio. I just sent them an invitation and they were up and working with me in a matter of seconds. It was that easy to use.

My first true test of VSee was when I did a series of video conferences from Gdansk, Poland. I was a tad worried since the hotel I was staying at had horrible Internet connection. I had about 15 classes that were ‘connecting’ to me 1-on-1 over a 3 hour period with teachers that had used VSee only when I was there to help them out. The teachers were using both laptops and iPads.

I was HUGELY impressed. No problems and every class got to spend time with me asking all their questions without any video or audio breakup. Better yet, not one teacher had an issue connecting to me and I didn’t have to spend any side time emailing or chatting with them about technical issues.

Since then, I have used VSee exclusively not only for my Virtual Fieldtrips but also connecting to my teachers within the school district. VSee is the only video conferencing product that I have used with such low bandwidth that I could have excellent video and audio even during peak times in my school district.

Video Conferencing Beyond K-12 Education

I recently retired from education and am now working with the New Hampshire Geographical Alliance (NHGA) to help promote geographical education not only in K-12 environment but with universities, too. It is a very active group and one of the issues we have is travelling to meetings. At our last meeting, attendance was low because of the 2+ hours drive under difficult winter conditions, so I introduced VSee to our group.

In April, I used VSee to host our first sub committee (4 members) meeting and we got SO much done without leaving our homes.  Everyone was highly impressed with the quality of video and audio and ESPECIALLY the ease of use with multiple platforms.

I am greatly looking forward to how this video conferencing solution will aid all educators concerned with geography in New Hampshire!

Thank you, VSee. Kudos to VSee and its staff!

 

VSee Update 505 – PTZ and Presence Fixes

VSee api update releaseUpdated 5/21/2015 with mobile device version numbers

This is a VSee update for Windows and Mac with a few fixed. The Android, iPad, and iPhone will also be submitted to App Store/Play Store in the next few days.

  • Windows version 15.0.0.505 (20677)
  • Mac version 2.9.1 (20677)
  • iPad 3.1 (20638)
  • iPhone  1.7 (20638)
  • Android 1.3 (20612)

Mac and Windows:

  • Fixed drag/gesture controls for Minrray camera.
  • Fixed 1-minute delay in presence changing to “offline” when port 5222 is blocked.

iPad and iPhone:

  • New VSee Test Call:
    • Recording and playback video/audio.
    • Improvements on availability and performance.
  • Fixed call auto-accept not working once app is brought to foreground.
  • Added flashlight option to camera settings.
  • Added syncing group chat messages.
  • Fixed scrolling issue for chat.
  • Improved call recovery after crashes.

Android:

  • New VSee Test Call:
    • Recording and playback video/audio.
    • Improvements on availability and performance.
  • Improved call recovering after crashes.
  • Moved local video window to center.
  • Changed to camera icon for camera option.
  • Fixed video text overlay not showing on Lollipop.
  • Fixed chat notifications when contact is not in address book.

To see if you are on the latest version of VSee:

Windows  – Click the Help icon in the address book –>select “About VSee…” and see if it is the newest version. VSee will download the newest client for you (which will show as a checkmark in task tray icon). Simply restart the program to use the updated VSee.

Mac  – Click “VSee” top menu and choose “check for updates.”

Please contact VSee support team if you have any problems, questions, or suggestions!

Snoop Dogg Joins VSee’s Hall of Fame

Snoop Dogg with VSee

Fun times! VSee team got to “hang” with Snoop Dogg as part of our 2 weeks on the road at the Urgent Care Convention in Chicago, April 27-29 and ATA Conference in LA, May 3-5. The multi-talented hip-hop star has been dabbling in tech startups and won a spot in the hearts of Silicon Valley-ers when he joined Marc Andreeson, Peter Thiel, and other venture capitalists in a 50M funding round for Reddit last fall.

Thanks for snapping the awesome pic Dr. Asif Ali!

VSee New Release 424 – Test Call With Playback

VSee api update releaseUpdated May 5, 2015 – see Release 505 for mobile device (iPhone / iPad Android ) change list.

VSee brings you a new, improved Test Calling Center so you can make sure your audio and video are working before connecting. Just click VSee Test Call in your contact list!

  • Windows version 15.0.0.424 (20567)
  • Mac version 2.9 (20567)

Mac and Windows:

  1. New VSee Test Call with recording and playback of audio and video and improvements on availability and performance.
  2. Improved call recovery after crashes.

Windows:

  1. Added new option for video mirroring
  2. Synced chat messages for group chat
  3. Fixed failure to connect to cameras without 320×240 resolution
  4. Improved echo cancellation
  5. Fixed crashes where shared application is being resized

Mac:

  1. Fixed crashes:
    • Crashes on quit
    • Crashes on viewing address book
    • Crashes when shared application is being resized
  2. Added new option for video mirroring
  3. Added date on chat timestamp
  4. Added PTZ control for Minrray camera
  5. Removed support for OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard*

*OS X 10.6 will still be able to use VSee; but will no longer update to newer versions of VSee.

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To see if you are on the latest version of VSee

Windows  – Click the Help icon in the address book –>select “About VSee…” and see if it is the newest version. VSee will download the newest client for you (which will show as a checkmark in task tray icon). Simply restart the program to use the updated VSee.

Mac  – Click “VSee” top menu and choose “check for updates.”

Please contact VSee support team if you have any problems, questions, or suggestions!