With M2M, the healthcare industry is experiencing more virtual-health services.

To improve virtual-health services, TCS (TeleCommunication Systems), www.telecomsys.com, introduces the VirtuMedix, a highly secure, virtual-collaboration platform intended for remote consultation of healthcare providers and patients. With the VirtuMedix platform, TCS addresses the rapidly growing market for video-telemedicine solutions.

According to new research by Deloitte, www.deloitte.com, 75 million virtual-doctor visits, or one in six, will occur this year alone. Along with that, Frost & Sullivan, www.frost.com, forecasts that the video-telemedicine market in North America will expand at a compound annual growth rate of 16.7% from 2012 to more than $600 million by 2017.

The VirtuMedix platform delivers patients with an alternative to urgent care centers or emergency rooms for acute care situations. Additionally, it may be used in long-term care situations for assisted living, rehabilitation centers, or chronic-disease management.

There are many more benefits to VirtuMedix. The platform enables doctors to see patients’ records, and allows patients to produce an invoice for insurance claims. It is also integrated with ePrescribe capabilities to expand physicians’ toolset, enhance productivity, and improve speed of care. Additional features include picture upload capabilities, simple user interface and toolsets, HIPAA-complaint (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) audio and video communication and information storage, and the availability of multi-lingual patient-care agents.

VirtuMedix reduces clinical and user healthcare costs, while improving patient care and expanding patient outreach. In example, WEPPA (Wake Emergency Physicians, PA), www.weppa.org, deployed the platform for enhanced patient care via its 136 emergency specialists, treating nearly 300,000 patients annually.

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