Cloud videoconferencing for healthcare has benefits, detractors

Videoconferencing from the cloud, compared to more traditional technologies, has many benefits, but issues may still arise in using such a platform. 

A study published in Telemedicine and e-Health looked at the differences between such approaches, and whether a move should be made from traditional technology to the cloud.

The researchers found benefits to cloud technology that include the ability to deploy tools more widely and at a faster rate, as well as the ability to make videoconferencing more mobile friendly. They added that traditional videoconferencing is more expensive and intended for use at healthcare facilities, and not on the go.

However, concerns about the cloud also arose. Those included issues with interoperability of systems, quality of video and audio, and the need for additional hardware, the authors write. Study (.pdf)