The demand for quality healthcare is rising. As the nation's largest industry, healthcare is comprised of approximately 580,000 establishments, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Healthcare is traditionally a hands-on practice but that model is slowly changing thanks to the adoption of telemedicine. Telemedicine refers to the use of AV technology like videoconferencing to connect a doctor and patient who are separated by a great distance. Using telemedicine, doctors can provide access to healthcare in regions where it is not readily or easily available.
AV technology has also made an impact in the operating room. High resolution video cameras and space-saving flat panel displays aid surgeons during complex procedures, and multiple displays are used to monitor the patient's vital signs. Audio and video recordings of a surgery are also archived and used to train the next generation of medical professionals.
Hospitals and other healthcare facilities increasingly rely on digital signage systems to inform the public about health-related news and information. Teaching labs and simulation exam rooms use pan-tilt-zoom cameras, ceiling microphones, and ceiling loudspeakers to monitor and train health professionals in administering patient care and improving bedside manner.