Verizon expands its telehealth capabilities

With the debut of its Telehealth Collaboration Services offering, Verizon is responding to the healthcare system's need to enable patients to get the care they need regardless of location. Instead of having to travel to multiple locations to give a diagnosis, the new service enables healthcare providers to offer both patient consultations and the ability for specialists to collaborate remotely.

Acting as a consultant to the healthcare provider's needs, Verizon Business will work to ensure collaboration readiness and network design in addition to providing ongoing support for various Web and audio conferencing services and video capabilities such as Web cameras and high definition video.

Verizon's bet on telehealth appears to be on target. According to Datamonitor, annual spending on telehealth hardware, software and related services will triple over the next three years from $2.4 billion to $6.1 billion in 2012.

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