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February 13, 2012

Stryker Communications Picks Glowpoint to Improve IP Video Platform for Operating Rooms

Stryker Communications, a division of Stryker, has inked new agreement with Glowpoint to use cloud managed video services with its IP video platform for videoconferencing and broadcasting from operating rooms.

The new partnership will enable Stryker to utilize Glowpoint’s cloud-based Virtual Video Room (VVR) into its ConnectSuite IP Video platform to enable ad-hoc, multi-party videoconferencing from operating rooms.

This new deployment of VVR with ConnectSuite will allow medical professionals to easily collaborate with others from locations within and outside of the hospital’s network. In addition, it will also offer robust functionality for medical professionals who use videoconferencing as a means to teach or connect with medical professionals at other institutions intra-operatively.  

Chad Croasdale, general manager of Stryker Communications said that they chose Glowpoint as a key partner for their IP video platform because they needed a fully cloud-hosted service with the capability to connect many different types of videoconferencing systems across different networks.

“We also needed a service that would provide the highest quality, reliable video experience for medical professionals, and we are confident that Glowpoint will deliver this with their OpenVideo cloud. This partnership will enable us to make operating rooms even more accessible for in-procedure consulting, teaching and remote monitoring,” Croasdale added.

With installation of Glowpoint’s VVR, hospitals can eliminate the investment on on-network video infrastructure and support. In fact, VVR works like a ‘meet-me’ service for SIP and H.323 based videoconferencing systems fully hosted from the OpenVideo cloud. It even supports high definition video calls up to 1080p quality, and allows users to remotely select and control all video sources being viewed by remote participants.

“Clinical education and access to remote specialists is a critical need for hospitals, physicians and patients,” said Stephen Vobbe, senior vice president of Sales and Marketing at Glowpoint. “We are excited to be working with the worldwide leader of OR technology and communications to provide hospitals with a simple, high-quality visual collaboration tool.”

Company officials said that the enhancements to Stryker’s ConnectSuite IP video platform including Glowpoint’s cloud managed services will be available later in 2012.

Jyothi Shanbhag is a contributing editor for HealthTechZone. To read more of Jyothi's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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