Benefits of Video Consulting


In numerous situations, the use of video technology provides benefits as an alternative to standard face-to-face support include the following:

Minimizing travel
The use of video can be a good option for patients where travel is hard. It can be very beneficial for those in remote communities where public transport access is inadequate or where travel to major cities might be an overwhelming prospect. 

A solid example could be a weight management clinic with a huge number of young mothers on the register where childcare is a problem for them so Facetime or Skype can help link them to a health professional from their home.

Improving networks
In addition to doctor-to-patient communication, video conferencing lets hospitals create networks to offer each other support. By simply sharing their knowledge outside their own organizations, nurse or medical specialists can give extraordinary value to health or social care colleagues.

Video consulting is good for minimizing the spread of infectious diseases.

Diminishing the spread of infections
Remote consultations can reduce the possible transmission of infectious diseases between medical staff and patients. This is particularly a problem where the spread of flu is a concern.

Reducing stress
A remote consultation using video links will not only eliminate the anxiety of the patient visiting the health practitioner, which can be scary for some but also ensures that those with phobias do get medical help if needed.

Promoting self-care
Video consultations can be connected to self-monitoring equipment to make sure that patients or service users are using the equipment correctly to take their readings.

Risks and barriers

The disadvantages of using video technology include the cost of the training and equipment for staff. A ‘train the trainer’ tactic will encourage adoption by cascading learning through the organization.

Virtual consultations might also lead to diminished interaction with the health practitioner. Therefore, forward planning is needed to decide the sorts of interventions where remote consultations will be used. 


Things to Avoid When Video Conferencing from Home (Part III)

Video conferencing systems let you share your screen so you can showcase all your hard work. 

Screen Sharing Snafus

Numerous video conferencing systems allow you to share your screen with others in the meeting. This lets you open that spreadsheet you’ve been working on all week and share it with your team members so that they can see you truly know what you’re talking about and you are a high achiever since you have the opportunity to share your screen.

But don’t get ahead of yourself. If you have a feeling before a video meeting that you may have to share your screen, remember that your screen will be visible to all before you opened up that spreadsheet.

Chat Etiquette

Online chatting is snappy, fast, and sort of fun. When it comes to video conferencing, chatting can be a rabbit hole, a digital alleyway that takes away attention from the proper meeting. Zoom, a popular virtual meeting solution, has a good and useful chat function that works excellently. Messages such as “What folders are these documents in?” or “I can’t hear anything” are great questions since they can tell you that there might be a technical problem. 

But this sort of sidebar chatting during a meeting, particularly when there are a good number of people in the meeting, can get distracting quickly. Remember everyone sees those off-topic chats like “I’m starving” or “Your dog is cute.”

Use Your Common Sense

Like with most technology, users need a secure, common-sense notion of what is and what is not correct in video conference meetings.

Many years ago, an executive gave this bit of advice about the email: “If you wouldn’t write your message to your mom, it should not be in an email.” This is still really good advice especially when it comes to hosting a video conference.