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Religious groups and the healthcare industry benefit from web conferencing technology

News this week from the US: a brand new MegaMeeting client is using our video and web conferencing technology to save time and money. Also, market analyst experts Frost & Sullivan have published a report about the growth of the telemedicine industry.

The English District religious group, one of the 35 districts of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, has begun using MegaMeeting’s 100% browser-based video and web conferencing product. The group’s services cover a large geographic area, spanning 17 states and parts of Canada. Our technology allows them to save time and money, a priority for every non-profit organisation.

Prior to using MegaMeeting video and web conferencing, the English District conducted board meeting through costly conference calls and extensive travel was required for face-to-face meetings. Thanks to us, the group no longer has to incur these costs. They are also using the technology in their development and gift planning work, benefiting from the ability to share documents and show presentations.

From religion to medicine: according to a new Frost & Sullivan report on Visual Collaboration Applications in Healthcare, the use of telemedicine videoconferencing systems is growing thanks to rising quality and falling prices.

Telemedicine, or telehealth, is a subject I commented on recently and the study backs the trends I mentioned. According to the report, the most significant benefit of telemedicine is its capacity to extend the geographic coverage of medical care and provide access to medical professionals in remote areas. Telemedicine technology can also be used as a cost-effective way to train medical professionals.

Want to know more about web conferencing technology that can help your business or organisation save money? Contact Katherine at MegaMeeting on 0844 967 0358 or +44 (0) 1273 900710.

Video and web conferencing technology: helping make British justice more effective

I spoke last time about how video and web technology is helping the legal systems in the US and Africa operate more efficiently and effectively. Well, this week, I’ve got news about how the technology is being used in the British judiciary system.

Speaking in the build-up to the government’s spending review, justice minister Jonathan Djanogly said that the future of the justice system lies in telephone and video conferencing. Claiming that the system needs to improve its use of technology, he argued that trial witnesses should be able to testify using video conferencing from local police stations.

Djanogly pointed towards a pilot project currently under way in south London as an example of how video conferencing technology could improve the performance of the legal system and reduce costs. He said that the pilot scheme was excelling and that the introduction of video conferencing on a nationwide scale could generate savings of up to £15.3 million a year.

As I think you’d agree, this is quite a figure. Of course, Djanogly’s proposal is just that: a proposal, but at the same time the potential is clear.

For the justice system to get the most out of video and web conferencing technology it would require an easy-to-use, competitively priced product that was flexible both in terms of where and how it could be used.

MegaMeeting video and web conferencing software ticks all these boxes: 100% browser-based, it is compatible with all major operating systems and features a portfolio of collaborative tools and features, including being able to accommodate up to 16 individuals on screen at the same time.

Want to know more about web conferencing technology that can help your business or organisation save money? Contact Katherine at MegaMeeting on 0844 967 0358 or +44 (0) 1273 900710.

Video and web conferencing technology: improving how the legal system works

I’ve blogged before about how web video conferencing technology is helping doctors treat patients they are unable to see in person – this time, I’ve got news on how the technology is being used in the legal sector.

It was reported in the news this week that a law firm in the US has started to use video conferencing to help people get legal representation. Robinson & Henry P.C. opened its first iLawyer Video Conferencing Attorney offices, which allow people to talk to solicitors face to face without leaving their homes.

As well as being able to speak to solicitors, people can also sign legally binding documents using the iLawyer service and can receive copies of signed documents by email.

Switching continents, I also read that video conferencing has started to be used in Kenya to speed up the judicial process. According to the news report, the Court of Appeal has been using video conferencing technology in cases where the judges were in Nairobi and the lawyers were in Mombasa.

The hope is that video conferencing will help improve confidence in the judicial system in Kenya. I think this sentiment can be applied to every country. Web conferencing technology can help make legal representation more accessible and can cut down costs for both the administrators and the users.

MegaMeeting’s 100% browser-based video and web conferencing software is ideally suited to use in the legal sector. Easy to use and compatible with all major operating systems, its portfolio of collaborative tools and features, including being able to accommodate up to 16 individuals on screen at the same time, is capable of meeting the various demands of the judicial system.

Want to know more about web conferencing technology that can help your business or organisation save money? Contact Katherine at MegaMeeting on 0844 967 0358 or +44 (0) 1273 900710.

Video and web conferencing technology: fuelling the growth of the UK telehealth industry

I’ve blogged before about the growth of the telehealth industry and how web video conferencing software is allowing medical professionals to reach patients they’re unable to see in person, and I have more news on the sector this week.

According to local press reports, Airedale Hospital in West Yorkshire has become the first NHS Trust to be awarded a framework agreement for technology that includes health video conferencing services. The award will allow the hospital to expand its activity in treating people from their own homes.

Telehealth is a fast-growing service in the USA and Australia, where many large rural areas are underserved by healthcare services. It is set to become similarly established in the UK. The cost savings offered by web and video conferencing technology should appeal to a coalition government determined to slash the country’s budget deficit.

Of course, owing to the nature of the sector, it will be important to ensure that public and private health organisations use high-quality video and web conferencing technology that is easy to use, sensibly priced and compatible with all the main computer systems.

MegaMeeting easy-to-use browser-based web conferencing technology is already in use in the healthcare sector. The FA and the England medical team use MegaMeeting to keep in touch with Premier League club doctors throughout the domestic football season and during tournaments.

Want to know more about web conferencing technology that can help your business or organisation save money? Contact Katherine at MegaMeeting on 0844 967 0358 or +44 (0) 1273 900710.

Video and web conferencing technology: MegaMeeting’s top tips for conducting a webinar

As video and web conferencing technology is becoming an increasingly essential business tool, I think it’s important that we talk about its various uses. A key growth area is webinars, which businesses are using as a cost-effective way to promote their brands, train staff, etc.

I gave you some tips on hosting a webinar a few weeks ago, including the importance of pre- and post-webinar marketing. So, I think it’s time to take the next step and offer some advice on conducting a webinar.

Here the MegaMeeting tips:

  1. Rehearse. Whoever is presenting the webinar must be able to keep up a good pace and avoid “um-ing” and “ah-ing”.
  2. Silence is golden. Make sure that all mobile devices are turned off – both in your office and in the offices of your attendees.
  3. Ensure that you have someone on hand to assist you. This support person can help with technical issues, audience questions, etc.
  4. More visuals. Use a larger number of visuals than you would for a face-to-face meeting.
  5. Don’t forget to include questions breaks in your webinar. Have a specific slide to indicate this pause. Always ask for feedback at the end.

And, of course, it’s vital that you use good-quality webinar software, such as that provided by MegaMeeting.

Webinar software that is easy to use, compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux and allows users to share documents will help your webinar run smoothly and make your business stand out from the crowd.

Want to know more about web conferencing and webinar technology that can help your business run more efficiently? Contact Katherine at MegaMeeting on 0844 967 0358 or +44 (0) 1273 900710.

Video and web conferencing technology: an essential part of company green policy

I’ve mentioned before how video conferencing technology is becoming a central plank of many companies’ and organisations’ green policies. Well, more news on the eco-friendly credentials of online conferencing.

According to eco-minded business website GreenBiz, Hewlett-Packard cut its travel costs by over 40% after adopting video conferencing technology as a means of reducing its carbon footprint. Here we have an example where the technology not only saves a business money, but improves its green credentials – a very important commodity in today’s marketplace.

I think it’s also important to point out that video conferencing technology is a cost-effective way of going green, which is not always true for other methods. The bottom line is that the bottom line doesn’t suffer.

When a company uses web conferencing technology like that supplied by MegaMeeting, it will benefit from an easy-to-use, fixed-cost system that doesn’t require expensive hardware, long-term contracts, plug-ins or downloads, and is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux platforms.

Of course, video conferencing technology is used by a wide variety of companies and services, from corporate giants to universities and colleges. This list also includes medical services – I found a recent example of its use in this area.

A medical team at McGill University in Quebec, Canada, used video conferencing technology to administer anaesthesia to a patient receiving surgery in Pisa, Italy. According to a news report, the remote anaesthesia administration was a medical first. Incredible.

Want to know more about web conferencing technology that can help improve the green credentials of your business? Contact Katherine at MegaMeeting on 0844 967 0358 or +44 (0) 1273 900710.

Video and web conferencing technology: a business tool with a global footprint

I spoke recently about how MegaMeeting’s video and web conferencing technology is saving Carmarthenshire County Council time and money. This week, my news on online video conferencing is more global.

The annual SCDI Global Ambitions Conference at the University of Edinburgh took place this week and video conferencing technology was used during its programme. According to a BBC news report, the conference included a video conferencing session that linked up expert panels in Hong Kong, Mumbai, New York and Toronto.

This type of conferencing – with expert panels around the world interacting with an audience in one place – is a great example of how the technology works in the modern business environment. It enables key speakers to give presentations, share documents and take part in discussions without having to spend precious time and money travelling to an event.

And, these savings are very important in today’s business world. According to the BBC, the company behind the video conferencing system used at the University of Edinburgh said that, so far, it has saved an estimated US$615 million on travel for clients.

From north of the UK to South America: I also read this week how the trapped miners have been able to communicate with their families on the surface using video conferencing. According to the Latin Herald Tribune, a fibre optic connection, cameras and a computer allowed the miners a few minutes with their wives, children, parents and friends.

The miners also received a video conference visit from four Uruguayans who survived an aeroplane crash in 1972 that left them stranded in the Andes for over 70 days. The film Alive tells their story. Let’s hope all the miners are rescued and can tell their own stories.

Want to know more about web conferencing technology that can help save your business or organisation money? Contact Katherine at MegaMeeting on 0844 967 0358 or +44 (0) 1273 900710.

Video and web conferencing technology: MegaMeeting saving county council time and money

I’ve spoken a fair bit recently about how video and web conferencing is saving businesses and organisations money – the FA, charities, healthcare providers, emergency services, etc. Well, I have more news on that front – Carmarthenshire County Council has announced that it has made notable savings and improved its efficiency using MegaMeeting’s services.

MegaMeeting’s easy-to-use browser-based conferencing technology – it  works equally well on Windows, Mac or Linux platforms and is the only fixed-cost system that doesn’t require expensive hardware, long-term contracts, plug-ins or downloads – has allowed the council to save time and money by enabling employees to participate in meetings over the internet, reducing the need for conventional meetings.

MegaMeeting allows up to 16 users to be seen on screen at one time, and up to 500 to hear each other, share documents, view presentations  and more, all advantages from which the county council has benefited. In meetings, council employees have also been able to share desktops, hold ballots and even run sub-committee break-out rooms.

In addition, the council has been able to record and transcribe meetings, and there is also a built-in instant messaging system that allows attendees to communicate privately with each other.

Resources and IT executive board member Cllr Wynne Evans said about the technology, “We’ve been piloting MegaMeeting for the last year. We believe that it has saved both time and money. One team in particular, with staff in four towns up to 25 miles apart, now uses MegaMeeting for their weekly face-to-face meetings, saving significant productive hours formerly spent travelling.”

Carmarthenshire County Council has also reported that it has improved communication with employees that work at home – another subject that I’ve touched on before here. By removing the need for physical travel, MegaMeeting has allowed flexi-time or part-time staff to become much more productive.

Giles Nunn, from the council’s Technical Development Unit, commented, “MegaMeeting has helped with the management of those who work from home. The biggest group of users includes personnel who frequently work from home.”

So, Carmarthenshire County Council is another example of an organisation that is saving time and money by using video and web conferencing technology, news we’re very happy to hear.  

Want to know more about web conferencing technology that can help save your business or organisation money? Contact Katherine at MegaMeeting on 0844 967 0358 or +44 (0) 1273 900710.

Video and web conferencing technology: top tips for hosting a webinar

I chatted in a recent blog about how video and web conferencing technology is changing is the way that businesses communicate. Well, one of the ways they are doing this is through the increasing use of webinars.

Once, if a business wanted to communicate a product launch, hold a training programme or demonstrate a new service to a large audience at the same time, they would have to organise a conference or seminar.

Today, more and more companies are using web-based seminars, or webinars, to communicate this type of information. The use of webinar software allows for the same interaction between participants – giving, receiving and discussing information – but without the expenditure on venues, travel and accommodation.

Here are some tips on how to host a webinar.

  1. Market your webinar. Make sure you give participants plenty of notice about when you are holding it.
  2. Get to know your webinar software. As the host, it’s crucial that you have a strong understanding of the technology.
  3. Ensure that your content is engaging and that you deliver your message clearly. Distribute a summary of your webinar in advance.
  4. Record your webinar. Make it available to those who couldn’t attend and those who would like to listen again.
  5. Follow up. Communicating with attendees is a good opportunity to generate feedback, which can be used to improve your presentation skills and to promote future events.

Also, it is vital that a webinar host chooses the right webinar software. High-quality desktop web and video technology that doesn’t require downloads, is compatible with all computer systems and allows users to easily share applications and documents is a must in my opinion.

Want to know more about web conferencing and webinar technology that can help your business run more efficiently? Contact Katherine at MegaMeeting on 0844 967 0358 or +44 (0) 1273 900710.

Video and web conferencing technology: helping businesses go greener

I see that video and web conferencing technology is gaining a stronger eco-friendly profile. I discussed how the technology is helping lower carbon emissions in a blog a while ago and some interesting data has recently come across my desk at MegaMeeting showing what environmental impact it can have in the business world.

It’s no secret that video conferencing can help businesses save money and operate more efficiently, whether it’s cutting down on travel expenses or allowing remote employees to interact with colleagues and clients more effectively.

But I think the matter of video and web conferencing technology’s green credentials is just as important. According to the European Telecommunications Network Operators Association, if 20% of business travel in the EU were replaced by video conferencing, 25 million tonnes of carbon dioxide would be saved annually.

I also read that a monthly 70-mile business trip in a car can generate over 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide. A trans-Atlantic flight produces over four times as much. As companies the world over look to improve their eco-friendly credentials, greater use of video and web technology seems to me to be an obvious step.

Some people say, “What about face-to-face contact”? Well, I’m not lobbying for a complete ban – being in the same room needs to happen, obviously, but I’d argue that, as long as you’re using the right technology, video and web conferencing actually allows more face-to-face time, and at a much reduced cost, both to businesses and the environment.

Want to know more about web conferencing technology that can help your business be more eco-friendly? Contact Katherine at MegaMeeting on 0844 967 0358 or +44 (0) 1273 900710.