How Video as a Service is set to revolutionise healthcare

The ability to remotely assess, diagnose and treat patients using telehealth solutions can significantly increase efficiency within healthcare organisations, enabling clinicians to deliver the highest quality of care to the maximum number of people.


Patients benefit from more immediate access to care and support, when and where they need it.

Imerja’s cloud-based Video as a Service (VaaS) solution, built with state-of-the-art video technology from Polycom, offers a convenient way to communicate, regardless of patient or clinician location. With numerous applications, VaaS has already been deployed across multiple disciplines with great success.

The Cumbria and Lancashire Telestroke Network is a prime example. Designed and implemented in partnership with Virgin Media Business and Polycom, Imerja’s solution provides the first out-of-hours remote stroke service of its kind, allowing 24/7 access to expertise and treatment. Approximately 4,000 people in the region suffer a stroke each year, and this innovative solution has dramatically reduced morbidity and mortality rates, saving the NHS an estimated £8million in its first year.

VaaS has also been implemented in renal care, speech and language therapy, paediatric neurology, cancer and orthopaedic services, resulting in substantial cost and time saving benefits, as well as improved access to care.

The speech and language therapy unit at Blackpool’s Victoria Hospital found that VaaS provided a more immediate, effective assessment service at just
4 per cent of the current cost, saving around £860,000 a year. In addition to immediate benefits, VaaS helps reduce the need for ongoing care by ensuring prompt and appropriate treatment, saving time and money downstream.

GPs and A&E departments are under growing pressure due to high demand for care and lack of resources. Modern, innovative solutions like VaaS can significantly improve access to services, reduce costs and importantly improve patient outcomes, all at the click of a button.

Ian Jackson is managing director at Imerja
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