Category: Communications

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!

 

The Year Ahead for VSee Telemedicine

happy new year from VSee!

Dear Friends,

2014 was a pivotal year for us as the telemedicine and telehealth markets finally exploded. We have been working with visionaries such as MDLIVE-Walgreens, Focus Cura, Intermountain Healthcare, and Mayo Clinic for a number of years. And now everyone else is knocking down our doors wanting telemedicine! Doctors and hospitals are finding VSee’s simple design and strong security to be the perfect solution for video telemedicine.

Our 2014 highlights:

  • Grew and pivoted our design and engineering team to focus on healthcare
  • Made numerous improvements to VSee’s mobile (iOS, Android) and desktop video performance
  • Launched VSee OneClick Waiting Room
  • Launched VSee Cloud Medical Office (calendar and payment)
  • Completed the ninth generation of the VSee Telemedicine Kit
  • Launched VSee Telemedicine Cart
  • Signed partnership with Dell where they have embedded VSee waiting room into their patient portals, and our CEO Milton spoke on the same panel as Michael Dell at Dell World
  • Traveled to Iraqi Kurdistan to set up telesurgery and refugee telemedicine clinics
  • Chosen by NASA to be the official solution in space, going live with VSee aboard the International Space Station

Our 2015 focuses:

  • Help our partners with user adoption by polishing the user experience and improving the VSee eVisit platform
  • Increase performance of VSee audio, video, and web chat API / SDK
  • Enhance VSee OneClick Waiting Room and Cloud Medical Office so any doctor can set up a telemedicine practice within 24 hours

Please contact sales@vsee.com to get a demo of VSee Cloud Medical Office. Thanks again for your support and Happy 2015 from the VSee Team!

VSee at mHealth Summit 2014

The Vsee team will make an impact at this year’s mHealth Summit in Washington, DC, December 7-11, booth #1007. If you haven’t heard, mHealth is the world’s largest gathering of mobile health experts and professionals. We’re looking forward to showing off the latest in telehealth technology and how simple it can be to do telemedicine.

mHealth Summit

CEO Milton Chen will be speaking as part of a special forum, where he plans to unveil two new product lines: the world’s simplest telemedicine cart and the Cloud Medical Office. For most healthcare practitioners, setting up telemedicine services can be complicated, because it requires very specific tools and expensive equipment. They need a cloud-based tool to make their schedules accessible from any device anywhere, including their home computer or smartphone. Cloud Medical Office solves this problem. Expanding on our successful OneClick Waiting Room, this new product provides scheduling, online payment, and other cool features.

On Wednesday, December 10, from 2:00 – 3:00pm, VSee will be demonstrating VSee’s Telemedicine Kit and other devices at the App Demo session.

On Thursday, December 11, from 1:15 – 2:15, VSee will be presenting two separate roundtable discussions about the new era of simple and inexpensive telemedicine.

You don’t want to miss out on this event. Please stop by booth #1007 in the exhibition hall and say hello!

VSee Saves the Day for New York State Department of Health

Total Webcasting NYS Health Department

It’s been a long, rough winter here on the East Coast, but luckily snow is no obstacle to business continuity for VSee users. Total Webcasting with the use of VSee was able to keep the New York State Health Department productive and on schedule with their plans despite a January 21 snowstorm that ripped across the Mid-Atlantic Coast, leaving behind so much snow and damage that Governors Chris Christie of New Jersey and Andrew M. Cuomo declared states of emergency for all or parts of their states.

The following morning,  the New York Health Department in Watertown, NY was holding a very important meeting which they needed to Webcast to the public.  The challenge was integrating the group presenting from Albany to the main group in Watertown as well as to the viewing public, even in the extreme weather (a nasty, snowy -35 degrees F that morning). To make matters worse, the hotel where the meeting was taking place “just happened to be” bandwidth-challenged.

But all went smoothly with VSee low bandwidth video conference performing well on the available network. Total Webcasting Robert Feldman reported “as I write this, there is a full duplex conversation going on between the sites as well as full integration into the Webcast.” So hip hip hooray for VSee and Total Webcasting for saving the day for the NYS Department of Health!

About Total Webcasting

Total Webcasting

Total Webcasting Inc., based in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley, was founded in 2001 as a Webcasting Service Provider. Specializing in live and on-demand Webcasting, Total Webcasting offers complete streaming solutions that allow businesses accomplish more, save money, reach and engage a wider audience, and create a positive user experience. Total Webcasting has helped local, national and global organizations of all sizes enhance their communication strategies.

VSee Telemedicine Plays Key Role in Global Humanitarian Relief

“I feel like Thomas Edison…we don’t know how something works, but we know 200 ways not to do something, and so far, VSee has proven to be the best tool on the field.” – Randy Roberson, Disaster Relief Specialist


(Video link:  VSee in Action- HELP Telemedicine in Haiti)

Fifteen years ago, a chance meeting with a 40-year veteran of the humanitarian relief field and a life-changing visit to Calcutta lead Randy Roberson to make a quantum leap from broadcasting to disaster recovery logistics.  Since then Roberson has been literally dropped into numerous disaster situations around the world — India, Haiti, Afghanistan, Japan…as well as within the U.S.  His experiences have led him to the develop a robust set of technological tools that help emergency response workers effectively provide aid amidst the chaos and destruction of a disaster.  As he puts it bluntly, “the disaster technology was developed because I got tired of seeing people die on the field.”

Continue Reading…