At the speed that businesses are changing and growing, finding new efficiencies has never been more important. A study by Palo Alto Software showed that in 2015 81% of small businesses planned to increase spending on technology. Another survey done by ComputerWorld shows that 43% of IT executives planned to increase their budgets in 2015; that was a 36% increase from the year before. While technology is the key driver to streamline operations and improve performance, there is one specific tool that is changing the way some industries run and others function.
A Forrester Research study shows that by the end of this year 43% of the workforce in the United States will be telecommuting. Video conferencing is opening up opportunities for businesses and employees to work like never before. Technological developments and advancements in audio and video quality, as well as communication platforms means that employees, offices, and departments can collaborate from virtually anywhere. Two of the biggest drivers in video conferencing applications are telehealth and managing a distributed workforce.
Telehealth is the distribution of health-related services and information via electronic and telecommunication technologies. It offers long distance patient to clinician contact and care, as well as advice, reminders, education, intervention, and monitoring, all done remotely.
In 2014 global telemedicine technologies were valued at $17.8 billion and that is forecasted to grow at annual rate of 18.4% through 2020. Not only is this a drastically growing sector, but the demand for it is increasing as well. While there are several reasons and trends that point to a key focus on telehealth, one of the main influencers is cost savings. In fact, employers can save upwards of $6 billion a year by offering telehealth options to their employees.
As businesses grow it can be difficult, if not impossible, to get everyone in the same city, state, or much less the same room. For the sake of productive meetings and effective communication, video conferencing is perfect for connecting geographically dispersed employees. Not only does video conferencing allow you to capitalize on the 93% of communication that is non-verbal, but studies have shown that video conferencing and a remote workforce actually boosts productivity.
These are only a couple of the examples of the benefits that video conferencing can provide. But no matter the size of your business or your communication needs, there are tools, platforms, and companies out there to help.
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