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Equipment Options

Telehealth is compatible with a variety of videoconferencing systems.
​Whether you’re looking to conduct clinical consultations from your office or educational presentations from an auditorium, there’s a solution for you. The Telehealth team can help you design it, recommend the most appropriate equipment, assist you in getting quotes, and get it set up. 


Telehealth is able to connect to a variety of videoconferencing equipment via a multipoint control unit (MCU) or “bridge”. This is a device that links videoconferencing locations, each with different system capabilities, into one videoconference event.

At its simplest level, videoconferencing systems allow you to conduct consultations from your desk using your personal computer or laptop loaded with videoconferencing software.
 
However, if you require a unit that can be wheeled to a patient’s bedside or in and out of small meeting rooms, equipment can be mounted onto a mobile cart.
 
Equipment can also be permanently installed in meeting rooms, from small rooms to large auditoriums.
 

To get started designing the videoconferencing system that’s right for you, consider the following:

  • Where will you be videoconferencing from (i.e. office, small meeting room, or auditorium)?
  • What type of videoconference will you be conducting (i.e. clinical, administrative, and/or educational)?
  • Do you need the videoconferencing equipment to be stationary or mobile?
  • Do you plan to use medical equipment, like digital stethoscopes or exam cameras?
  • Do you plan on sharing information like radiology images, lab results, or PowerPoint presentations with other participants?

Take a few minutes to complete the Equipment Requirements Checklist to help us better assess your videoconferencing needs.

Also, check out Telehealth's videoconferencing room preparation and design guidelines to learn more about how to create an optimal videoconferencing environment in your facility.
 

Examples of videoconferencing solutions 

For a snapshot of popular equipment solutions and use scenarios, select the setting you'll be videoconferencing from.  

Where will I be videoconferencing from?

What type of videoconference do I need to conduct?

  • Clinical
  • Administrative
  • Educational

What videoconferencing equipment do I need?

  • Desktop computer or laptop equipped with personal videoconferencing software, webcam, and microphone

What is an example of this videoconferencing solution in practice?

A physician to physician or physician to patient clinical encounter that can be conducted from the comfort and in the privacy of a physician’s office. One person joining a large videoconference can also use his/her private office, rather than taking up a meeting room.

 

What type of videoconference do I need to conduct?

  • Clinical
  • Administrative
  • Educational

What videoconferencing equipment do I need?

  • Videoconferencing unit with monitor, either wall mounted or mobile cart mounted

What is an example of this videoconferencing solution in practice?

A mobile cart can be wheeled into a patient care area, so a physician or family member can meet with a patient directly from his/her bed.

 

What type of videoconference do I need to conduct?

  • Clinical
  • Administrative
  • Educational

What videoconferencing equipment do I need?

  • Stationary or purpose built videoconferencing unit with large wall mounted LCD flat panel display(s)

What is an example of this videoconferencing solution in practice?

Stationary videoconferencing units are ideal for lectures, meetings, trainings, and rounds with a large number of participants that require content sharing of presentations, spreadsheets, diagrams, etc.

 

Contact us

For assistance identifying the videoconferencing equipment that best fits your organization’s size, needs and budget, please contact the Telehealth team.

Email: telehealth@phsa.ca 
Phone:
 604.297.8777 or 1.866.966.4347 
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 5 pm (PST)

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