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New video conferencing tool hits the medical market

Video conferencing specialist Asnet Technologies has launched a new tool for medical professionals – the Practitioner Cart.

Video conferencing specialist Asnet Technologies has launched a new tool for medical professionals – the Practitioner Cart.

The mobile cart, which is already being used by Greymouth Hospital, operates over wi-fi and combines high-definition video and audio to share real-time images between remote locations.

Managing director Eric Greenop said this allowed medical professionals to provide real-time consultations, education and mentoring, and even broadcast medical procedures regardless of time or distance. Close-up images of a patient’s throat, ears or skin, for example, can be instantly shared with an offsite professional.

Existing medical and non-medical peripheral devices can also connect to it, enabling the sharing of data and content between professional and  patient.

“This device allows an off-site medical practitioner to literally be present in the room for a patient consultation. This means that diagnostic decisions can be made quickly and accurately which, in extreme cases, could mean the difference between life and death for a patient.”

Greenop said the cart had an adjustable frame compact enough to allow it to be transported easily through hospital wards, operating units and other medical facilities.

Back in December, Asnet launched another mobile webcam conferencing tool, the VGo.