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Appendix A: video conferencing
Video conferencing (VC) services provide the ability to conduct real time video meetings that can cover one to one or one to many site locations. VC technology has become more refined over the past decade, with the benefits of high definition (HD) quality images, clearer digital sound and interaction with other collaborative tools, such as WebEx services. There are different types of VC provisions tailored to suit local business requirements and budgets. Some of the key benefits of a video conferencing service are:
- saving time - reduces unproductive time spent for travelling to and from meetings
- the ability to quickly organise real time face to face meetings for critical decision making
- saving money - reduction for travel and expenses costs
- environmental benefits - a reduction of CO2 emissions
VC services are extensively used within the NHS, providing assistances for day to day collaboration, especially in the areas of health management and diagnosis by medical professionals and medical training. It is also a main technology tool to assist administrative and support functions and senior management teams within NHS organisations.
There are a number of common video conference end point deployment types as follows.