Polycom Announces Winners of Telespan 'Wild & Unexpected Video Conferencing Applications'

Industry Analyst Elliot Gold Recognizes Recipients for Innovative Use of Video

Dec 12, 2005, 00:00 ET from Polycom, Inc.

    PLEASANTON, Calif., Dec. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Polycom(R), Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   PLCM), the world's leading provider of unified collaborative
 communications solutions, today announced four winners of Elliot Gold's "Wild
 & Unexpected Applications" awards presented at this year's Polycom User Group
 (PUG) Conference in Phoenix, Ariz. The four winners include VideoCare, South
 Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Canadian Surgical
 Technologies & Advanced Robotics (CSTAR) and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical
 Center (BIDMC).
     This year's winners were selected by an editorial panel from TeleSpan, led
 by Joyce Thompson from JHT Consulting, which ranked the contenders first
 through third place. VideoCare received first place for the launch of its
 Telestroke program. Second place went to South Korea and the DPRK for
 successfully connecting families separated by the boundaries of the Korean
 War. Tied for third place, CSTAR was selected for its virtual surgery program
 and BIDMC for its expansive Interpreter's Care Link network.
     "These awards are a reflection of how Polycom's customers are focusing
 beyond the everyday use of video conferencing and expanding collaboration
 through innovative ideas and programs," said Elliot Gold, president of
 TeleSpan (www.telespan.com). "These winners demonstrate the value of video
 which goes beyond improving the experience of virtual face-to-face meetings to
 real mission-critical applications such as telemedicine."
     First Place Winner - VideoCare
     In August of 2005, first place winner VideoCare launched Southwestern
 Ontario's first Telestroke initiative through the use of Polycom's video
 telemedicine solutions. The program provided rural stroke patients with
 exposure to the most up-to-date and time sensitive stroke treatment. Through
 Telestroke technology, the stroke team in London, Ontario, is directly
 connected to rural hospitals via video, allowing specialists to assess stroke
 patients in real time from 67 sites.
     "When it comes to treating a stroke, there is a crucial three-hour window
 from the onset. During this period, the stroke victim must receive the clot-
 busting drug, tPA, which offers a 42% chance of patient improvement," said Dr.
 Neil Maclean, project manager for VideoCare. "The Telestroke program has
 eliminated geography as a barrier to providing the best stroke care possible
 to our patients."
     Second Place Winner - The governments of South Korea and DPRK
     The second place winners, South Korea and DPRK, facilitated the first-ever
 video conference reunion on August 15, 2005 between families separated by the
 Korean War.  Linked by fiber-optic cables and a video conference connection
 on, 20 separated families in the South Korean city of Munsan and DPRK's
 Kaeseong were reunited for the first time since the 1950s.  The video
 conferences were particularly poignant at this time in history as members of
 the Korean families age and generations pass on.
     Third Place Winners - CSTAR and BIDMC
     Tied for third place, CSTAR, a branch of the London Health Sciences Center
 (LHSC), is Canada's national center for developing, testing and teaching the
 use of next-generation technologies for minimally invasive procedures.
 Affiliated with the University of Western Ontario, CSTAR uses Polycom video
 conferencing technology to teach minimally invasive surgical skills remotely
 to surgeons located hundreds or thousands of miles away. CSTAR has also
 developed a tele-surgery program connecting doctors from the operating rooms
 back to CSTAR, where a more experienced doctor can virtually "see" the patient
 and help guide the operating doctor through the procedure.
     Sharing third place honors with CSTAR is BIDMC located in the heart of
 Boston's medical community.  The medical center faced several challenges as
 they attempted to provide their non-English speaking patients with advanced
 medical services.
     "On average, BIDMC's ER receives more than 900 Russian speaking patients
 every year, nearly 900 who speak Spanish and hundreds more whose first
 language is Chinese, Farsi, Portuguese or Somali," said Julie Lytle,
 telemedicine coordinator for BIDMC. "The hospital found it necessary to
 connect a full-time staff of trained interpreters fluent in seven languages to
 assist its non-English speaking patients via video conferencing."
     The hospital's Interpreter's Care Link was developed to connect BIDMC's
 full-time staff of interpreters located at the far end of the organization's
 32-acre campus directly to the ER using video conferencing, eliminating any
 lag in delivering care due to travel time.
     About TeleSpan
     TeleSpan provides research reports that track the teleconferencing
 industry and publishes a newsletter on the subject called Electronic TeleSpan.
 The company, often referred to as "the authoritative source," has followed the
 teleconferencing, videoconferencing, and Webconferencing industry for 21
 years. TeleSpan's Web site features a Buyer's Guide and tutorial on the
 various products and services available for teleconferencing. TeleSpan and its
 President, Elliot M. Gold, can be reached at +1-626-797-5482,
 www.telespan.com, or by e-mail at Elliot@telespan.com.
     About VideoCare
     VideoCare, the Southwestern Ontario Tele-health Network has introduced a
 57-site video conferencing network in the hospitals of Southwestern Ontario.
 This network is designed to extend both existing and proposed medical services
 across the entire region through video consultation. Local doctors and other
 healthcare workers find that VideoCare gives them the ability to have more
 direct input into their patients' treatment. This sharing of resources
 improves communication and the result is a more effective healthcare system.
     About CSTAR
     Navigating human technology. Revolutionizing patient care - CSTAR is
 pushing the frontiers of medicine toward an incredible future. We are Canada's
 national centre for developing and testing the next generation of minimally
 invasive surgeries, including robotics. And we're a world leader in surgical
 innovation and training, teaching space-age technologies and new techniques to
 the surgeons of the future. www.c-star.ca.
     About Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
     Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a major patient care, teaching and
 research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and ranks third in National
 Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide. BIDMC is
 clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and is a research
 partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the official hospital
 of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit www.bidmc.harvard.edu.
     About Polycom
     Polycom, Inc. is the worldwide leader in unified collaborative
 communications (UCC) that maximize the efficiency and productivity of people
 and organizations by integrating the broadest array of video, voice, data and
 Web solutions to deliver the ultimate communications experience. Polycom's
 high quality, standards-based conferencing and collaboration solutions are
 easy to deploy and manage, as well as intuitive to use. Supported by an open
 architecture, they integrate seamlessly with leading telephony and presence-
 based networks. With its market-driving technologies, best-in-class products,
 alliance partnerships, and world-class service, Polycom is the smart choice
 for organizations seeking proven solutions and a competitive advantage in
 real-time communications and collaboration.  For additional information call
 1-800-POLYCOM (765-9266) or +1-408-526-9000, or visit the Polycom Web site at
     NOTE:  Polycom, the Polycom logo and SoundStation are registered
 trademarks and SoundStation2W and VSX are trademarks of Polycom in the U.S.
 and various countries. All other trademarks are the property of their
 respective owners.

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