Travel restrictions imposed by the coronavirus crisis highlighted the need for more effective remote communication between clinicians. Mainstream conferencing tools, cannot always guarantee good picture quality necessary for surgical video and can have security vulnerabilities. However, there exists solutions that are created specifically for a medical environment that run over the hospital IT infrastructure.
Purpose-built video sharing platforms, like Sony’s NUCLeUS™ system, together with low-latency video from room cameras and other imaging modalities – can stream audio and other patient-related data over the IP network to remotely based clinicians. They could be working at a neighbouring hospital and view the data almost real time on a laptop or display – allowing them to discuss critical aspects of a patient’s condition and their care pathway with the surgical team.
Tools like NUCLeUS are optimised for use in medical environments, offering valuable features like the ability to annotate areas of interest in a live video stream supported by two-way audio communication. The ability to highlight certain areas of a live video and direct conversation is key for peer to peer conference, supporting a doctor in an Operating Room or ICU and discuss particular aspects of a patient’s condition with a specialist at a remote location.
Using any video communication system in a medical environment raises questions about the protection of patients’ interests, particularly in relation to security and confidentiality. Systems like NUCLeUS use a high level of data encryption technology for security. As an additional refinement, NUCLeUS features a Privacy Mode, which allows surgical staff to disable transmission and recording from a room camera at the press of a button in situations where there’s a risk that a patient’s identity could be inadvertently revealed.
Until now, surgeons have typically picked up the phone or sent an email to ask the advice of colleagues at another hospital. Video-based communication is also enabling more effective international collaboration between research teams and hospital-based clinicians. Platforms like NUCLeUS allow medical researchers to tap directly into the insight and experience of a doctor or consultant, even if they’re based at a hospital kilometres away.
NUCLeUS is an IP based imaging platform that streamlines the management and distribution of video content, audio, still images and even patient data – across standard hospital IT network.