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VSee is honored to be selected as NASA’s official video conferencing platform aboard the International Space Station (ISS). With VSee’s secure video chat astronauts are able to do telemedicine video conferencing, have family video chats, collaborate with scientists in real time, do projects with school children, and watch their favorite programs using their iPads and laptops.
As simple as this sounds, it turns out that NASA has had to stick with using their older generation video conferencing technology because the newer modern software-based video chat systems like Skype, Vidyo, or Zoom just aren’t able to deal with the unique challenges of space to ground communications.
Byron Smith, Senior Medical IS Engineer at Wyle explains that the relatively long delays in a round-trip satellite communication plus the regular loss of information causes many of the newer generation video technologies to work poorly or even to fail, but “then VSee came along with a new approach to handling challenged networks such as those we deal with during ISS operations.”
We’re proud that VSee’s video technology is able to meet the challenges of space communications, and that we’re able to contribute to the work being done on the Space Station
Check out the full press release here
We recently received this thank-you letter from Jonathan Berkowitz, LAc, who runs Inquisitive Owl Acupuncture in San Francisco:
Our practice was actually designed with hardworking software engineers in mind. Telemedicine is quite useful for people who work long hours, and who can’t take time away from the office. In addition, we stay open till 10:00pm on treatment days, to accommodate those can’t leave work until late.
I really do believe that Vsee is the next level tool for Chinese Medicine. It helps practitioners stay true to detailed diagnostic procedure. And by saving consultation time in the clinic, it allows them to put more clarity and intention into each treatment.
All the best,
Jonathan Berkowitz, MTOM, LAc
PS I had a patient today who was new to acupuncture and was nervous about the procedure. Because I had prepared thoroughly for her case beforehand, I was able to put my focus into making her feel comfortable with the process, instead of having to rush. The ability to give her that extra attention when it was needed, assured that her first experience with acupuncture was a positive one.
Telemedicine has recently been featured in two different news outlets, the Economist and Healthcare Matters. This added attention suggests that the public is beginning to wake up to telemedicine’s potential.
According to the Economist: “Telemedicine is more than a Skype chat between doctor and patient, says Michael Young, who works on remote care for the University of North Carolina. The technology can look similar but the need for security and privacy is greater.”
Taking an international perspective, the Economist gives a useful primer on telemedicine’s legal status in the United States, including the patchwork of parity laws. It’s interesting to note that the European Union has a head start on adopting telemedicine: EU-member “countries may not pass laws that would stop doctors practising telemedicine, and doctors need only be licensed in one country to practise in all.” The article also points out that the US is falling behind a few small countries like Israel, whose “health-care system is fully digitized: all doctors use electronic medical records, and patients have access to their data.”
Meanwhile, Healthcare Matters features a report that says the global market for telehealth services at home is “surging” at a 24 percent annual rate of growth. “The telehome category,” they write, “the largest and fastest growing segment of the market, is forecast to jump from just $6.5 billion in 2013 to nearly $24 billion in 2019.”
These are strong forecasts, and even more good news for the future of telemedicine around the world.
Telemedicine abortion has been a hot topic recently with Planned Parenthood losing a “telemedicine abortion” ban suit against Iowa.
Alana Semuels has explored the issue further in the Atlantic online, showing how telemedicine could impact women’s access to safe abortion.
Writes Semuels, “there is one procedure that, though it could be easily, safely, and cheaply administered via telemedicine, is widely unavailable: the termination of a pregnancy.”
Surprisingly, despite the greater convenience of telemedicine, “abortions did not increase in Iowa after telemedicine was introduced; instead, they decreased, part of a national trend in which abortions are decreasing.”
It will take changes to the laws of several states before most Americans have full access to telemedicine. There’s much more to this complex topic. Read the full article.
photo courtesy: Tony Leys via The Register