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February 26, 2013

Polycom Provides Better Healthcare Education with Video Conferencing

Senegal is seeing a boost in both healthcare and teaching (at least, teaching healthcare technicians) thanks to Polycom. The Hospital Aristide Le Dantec, one of Senegal’s largest hospitals with connections to medicinal schools and universities, has begun using Polycom video conferencing solutions to help provide long-distance learning for rural students in Senegal and abroad.

Polycom’s video conferencing solution has been equipped to a classroom, along with two cameras and an interactive whiteboard. Students can use the Polycom desktop solution over ADSL and ISLN connections to connect to the facility, observing and interacting with the others as though they were physically present.

The university chose Polycom for a reason. Not only does it provide a quick answer to the problem of connecting teachers and students, but it helps the hospital partners tele-mentor its surgical staff. The solution can work across various platforms, so students can access it with whichever computers or devices they use.

“The integration (into our system) has been smooth and seamless,” proclaimed Professor Cheikh Tidiane Toure, Head of General Surgery at Cheikh Anta DIOP University’s school of medicine. “And I must say, I have managed to reach my target without any hassles. We are now able to save a lot of time and money.”

The hospital is linked to the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Odonto-Stomatology of Cheikh Anta DIOP University, so having a great educational program is not only a necessity, but a given. With help from Polycom, it can reach even more students, providing the best education to as many people as possible. The implementation was completed by Visiocontact, which got involved in every detail of the configuration and helped educate the team on how to use them. Together, they can help provide a better education for those who hold lives in their hands.

Edited by Brooke Neuman
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