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
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
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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-
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