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Cloud and traditional videoconferencing technology for telemedicine and distance learning.

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Liu WL, Zhang K, Locatis C, Ackerman M
Telemed J E Health. 2015 May;21(5):422-6. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2014.0121. Epub 2015 Mar 18.
Abstract: 

INTRODUCTION

Cloud-based videoconferencing versus traditional systems are described for possible use in telemedicine and distance learning.

MATERIALS AND METHODS

Differences between traditional and cloud-based videoconferencing systems are examined, and the methods for identifying and testing systems are explained. Findings are presented characterizing the cloud conferencing genre and its attributes versus traditional H.323 conferencing.

RESULTS

Because the technology is rapidly evolving and needs to be evaluated in reference to local needs, it is strongly recommended that this or other reviews not be considered substitutes for personal hands-on experience.

CONCLUSIONS

This review identifies key attributes of the technology that can be used to appraise the relevance of cloud conferencing technology and to determine whether migration from traditional technology to a cloud environment is warranted. An evaluation template is provided for assessing systems appropriateness.

Liu WL, Zhang K, Locatis C, Ackerman M. Cloud and traditional videoconferencing technology for telemedicine and distance learning. Telemed J E Health. 2015 May;21(5):422-6. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2014.0121. Epub 2015 Mar 18.