News | April 24, 2017

Yorktel Unveils Latest FeatherMed Portable Telehealth Kit At ATA 2017


New modular design compatible with most video platforms provides customization, flexibility and interoperability; optimizes bringing remote clinicians to the bedside, wherever the patient is

Recently from booth 1133 at Telehealth 2.0, the annual conference of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), Yorktel unveiled enhancements to its mobile telehealth kit, FeatherMed, which empowers caregivers with customization, flexibility, interoperability and versatility to improve clinical workflows and provide a higher level of patient-centric care.

FeatherMed kits combine FDA-approved medical diagnostic tools and Yorktel's secure communication software application that integrates with any healthcare delivery system, improving the ease and efficiency of multi-site collaboration between hospitals, specialists, home healthcare providers and their patients.

For two-way video, the updated kits offer the choice of using either FeatherMed's built-in video application with data streaming software, or a separate video client compatible with a health delivery system's Cisco, Polycom, Vidyo, Skype for Business, or other video platform. A new modular design allows for various configurations to match the right medical device with any clinical application. Additional accessory options are available, giving health systems the ability to custom design their kit.

Each kit is compact, durable, lightweight and portable, weighing only 12lbs. Packaged in a sleek, ergonomic, carrying case, FeatherMed is 50% lighter than comparable solutions. Paired with a proprietary video compression technology requiring bandwidth as low as 90 kb, compared to 700 kb required by other devices, FeatherMed provides the added assurance of HD, encrypted, jitter-free video for face-face consultations in remote situations, a critical factor in providing quality care in home health, emergency and crisis environments, as well as long-term care facilities in rural communities.

Compliant with home healthcare regulations, FeatherMed allows nurses, paramedics and other caregivers to deliver quality, efficient care in "off-site" settings, and follow-up with patients discharged from hospitals for whom recurring onsite visits are not practical, such as seniors, veterans and chronically ill patients.

"Faster care means more lives saved, and the enhancements to FeatherMed outfit caregivers with portable, effective equipment that are essential for mobile healthcare," said Yorktel SVP, Healthcare, Pete McLain. "Yorktel continues to look for ways to leverage video conferencing technologies to improve access to healthcare by bringing the clinician to wherever the patient is."

Yorktel's dedicated healthcare practice is comprised of products and services for clinical application of video conferencing throughout a healthcare network, both inpatient and outpatient. In addition, Yorktel offers Professional Services to assist in developing a video conferencing strategy to drive new telehealth programs across multiple applications. Yorktel can perform detailed reviews of workflows, user types, existing solutions, networks, infrastructure, and preferred forms of collaboration, leading to recommendations for new design and deployment for current and future needs.

"As legislation across the country provides more favorable reimbursement policies for remote care, demand for reliable, HIPAA-compliant telehealth solutions will reach new heights in the coming years," added Pete McLain. "The continuous expansion of our healthcare practice addresses this new direction in healthcare, and reflects Yorktel's commitment to providing effective telehealth solutions that align technology with user preferences and use case."

Yorktel makes telehealth possible by providing encrypted video communications that support interoperability and mobile point-of-care platforms, connecting doctors, specialists and clinicians to patients everywhere. With its ISO 27001-certified, state-of-the-art video network operations center (VNOC), Yorktel provides the assurance of video communication security and privacy, and best practices that adhere to protected health information standards and HIPAA compliance.

Feathermed Suite

Clinic Kit Core Components

  • 10" tablet
  • Separate integrated speaker/ microphone
  • Bluetooth keyboard
  • Logitech web camera
  • Disposable wired earpieces
  • CAT5/6 LAN adapter with 10' patch cord

Accessory Devices

  • Ultrasound Abdominal Probe
  • Ultrasound Vascular Probe
  • Dermascope

Clinic Medical Device Bundle

  • Exam camera
  • Otoscope
  • Stethoscope
  • Thermometer
  • Pulse oximeter
  • Glucose meter
  • Blood pressure kit
  • Single lead ECG
  • Medical Device Data dashboard software

Clinic Lite Medical Device Bundle

  • Exam camera
  • Otoscope
  • Stethoscope

Cardiac Medical Device Bundle

  • Stethoscope
  • 12-lead Electrocardiogram
  • Ultrasound Vascular Probe

About ATA
Telehealth 2.0 is the world's largest telehealth innovation & networking event, focused on how telehealth is transforming healthcare and creating competitive and cost advantages for those leveraging best practices. The event provides a hands-on perspective to showcase the role telehealth plays in advancing medicine, healthcare and wellness. At the intersection of advancement and technological innovation, Telehealth 2.0 allows healthcare professionals and industry leaders to learn, network, and exchange ideas.

About Yorktel
Yorktel is a leading global provider of UC&C, cloud, and video managed services for large enterprise and federal government customers. Founded in 1985 and headquartered in New Jersey, with offices across the US, UK, and Japan, Yorktel enables customers to successfully integrate video into their operations -- from video conferencing to video event production; on premise or in the cloud. Yorktel designs, integrates, and manages enterprise-wide unified communications solutions. Commercial Integrator magazine named Yorktel its 2015 Integrator of the Year.

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Source: Yorktel