Bristol Royal Hospital chooses Radvision for telemedicine

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Radvision's Scopia XT1000 installed at Bristol Royal Children's Hospital.

Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital has installed the Radvision Scopia XT1000 visual communications system to facilitate remote patient consultation in the field of foetal and paediatric cardiology. With an additional Scopia XT1000 installed at Royal Cornwall Hospital and a video link to the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, both facilities have direct access to the specialist clinicians at Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital, thus minimising travel and disruption for vulnerable patients and maximising the number of patients clinician experts can treat.

Andy Tometzki, consultant paediatric and foetal cardiologist said: “We are constantly striving to deliver a better and more efficient patient care. Using the radvision video conferencing equipment delivers unprecedented diagnostic quality images at 30fps (frames per second) on both streams and is quick and easy to use. With this level of quality on both sides of the video conference along with the secondary content stream for the live ultrasound scan imaging, I can accurately assess the heart of a fetus. This often follows a routine obstetric scan where a possible heart abnormality has been identified. Rapid remote assessment helps to reduce the intense anxiety of the family who would otherwise have stressful and long journey to and from Bristol. This solution is also in line with the new standard set out by the National Review of Congenital Heart Services in UK to support delivery of specialist care closer to home.”

The ability to deploy high-definition voice and video together with collaborative data communication is of paramount importance to meet the standards expected by clinicians today when implementing a telemedicine solution. Andy Nolan, UK Director Radvision said, “Radvision has a strong heritage in telemedicine solutions. We understand the pressures and challenges that the NHS Trusts are facing and are delighted to be working with the Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital to solve their geographical challenges through innovative technology solutions. By providing state of the art visual communication technology that allows patient access to the leading consultants in the country, whilst maintaining the same quality of care locally is simply rewarding on all levels.”

The widespread availability of high-speed broadband within the NHS Trusts, allows the Scopia XT1000 to connect via the existing N3 NHS infrastructure, facilitating the exchanges of high quality imagery, data sharing and knowledge transfer between locations. ”I am able to access tertiary centre cardiology expertise easily and efficiently by communicating with the Radvision equipment at the Children’s Hospital in Bristol, thereby avoiding the time delays and inefficiency of a patient’s six hour round trip to Bristol”, commented Mr Rob Holmes, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Fetal Medicine at the Royal Cornwall Hospital. “This greatly reduces patient anxiety and streamlines care. An additional benefit is the hands-on training that has enabled me to rapidly develop my knowledge, scanning and counselling skills in this specialised field”.

This is the first phase of the visual communications strategy roll out with Radvision. Further expansion is planned to Torbay and Swindon in the next six months.

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