HSL partnership with Zoom to deliver virtual healthcare
Belfast-based Hospital Services Limited (HSL) has announced a partnership with Zoom, the leading global cloud services provider for video communications.
Zoom’s first and only healthcare partner in UK and Ireland, the collaboration will enable customers to deliver integrated virtual care services for clinicians and patients, as well as being a tool for administration, medical education and existing hospital-based collaboration activities.
With offices in Belfast, Dublin and Nottingham, HSL, is a specialist distributor of Telehealth solutions for hospitals and medical practices across the Island of Ireland and UK.
The agreement represents the alignment of a leading medical supplies, surgical equipment, consumable products and telehealth solutions distributor to the Irish healthcare sector with, HSL, with the globally recognised Zoom platform to deliver an exceptional level of seamless, highly secure, and user-friendly telehealth services for a wide range of healthcare implementations.
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This partnership will provide HSL with an option to expand the availability and adoption of virtual consultations through a widely known app, enabling the broadest possible range of patients and the general public to access different parts of the healthcare system.
Telehealth solutions have been widely embraced by Irish healthcare providers and patients alike during the ongoing pandemic and this new way of providing and accessing patient care is expected to endure within the local healthcare sector post-pandemic.
The team at HSL predicts that within a year, every hospital in Ireland will be using Zoom in some part of their operations, and the availability of Zoom through a healthcare partner removes the risks of investing in this technology in many more parts of healthcare development and delivery.
Dominic Walsh, CEO of Hospital Services Limited, said: “The opportunity to work with Zoom to embed their services with the solutions that we have been delivering to healthcare providers across the UK and Ireland brings together the power and capacity of the world’s largest provider in this space with committed, dedicated, specialists, products and services that HSL already supplies to our customer base.
“The addition of this service to our growing portfolio of Telehealth enabled practices and solutions empowers our customers to deliver integrated virtual health platforms as part of their Covid management plans and in a way that they will remain as part of the health service beyond this pandemic.”
Ron Emerson, Global Healthcare Lead at Zoom Video Communications explained: “We are excited by the prospect of working with Hospital Services Limited to create more uses for Zoom in healthcare in the UK and Ireland in ways that will exploit the fantastic capabilities, current and future, that Zoom provides. I know and have worked with the HSL Telehealth team for many years and understand the specialist skills and experience they provide that can help healthcare providers to embrace and use Zoom to deliver benefit to clinicians and patients alike.”
Sam McMaster, Director of Telehealth for HSL added: “The option to leverage the Zoom services as part of telehealth applications and virtual healthcare platforms offered by HSL brings a new and dynamic dimension to the market for these services.
“Zoom is the app of choice for many people and has been used extensively in Medical Education for many years. Our ability to provide Zoom as a service for our customers in health and to integrate this with the clinical workflows that drive the health service to deliver secure, private safe virtual consultations will help our customers to transform the health service”.