Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy, rated in the top 20 percent of all pharmacy schools according to the 2012 rankings of U.S News & World Report, is seeing a surge in students pursuing an advanced degree in pharmacy due to more opportunities in the industry. As a state-of-the-art educational program, teaching is conducted in a live and synchronous environment between the main campus in Auburn and the satellite campus in Mobile, Alabama. Through the use of video collaboration solutions from Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), the global leader in open, standards-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C), Auburn is able to bring professors and students together with distance learning that fosters the development of a new generation of pharmacists. Furthermore, students in their latter-year clinical rotations are able to provide point-of-care pharmacy services to patients in underserved rural and urban areas using Polycom’s video capabilities.
Bringing Healthcare to Rural CommunitiesAuburn’s pharmacy program has also created a demand for clinical intervention from advanced students training for their degrees. TelePharmacy allows fourth-year candidates to provide point-of-care services to people who might not ordinarily be in reach of a pharmacist. Symptoms, vital signs, and advice can all be transmitted from patient to provider on mobile devices such as iPads and tablets, using Polycom® RealPresence® Mobile, or on a laptop with Polycom® RealPresence® Desktop. Students can also use a room-based unit if the site has one. This mobility allows student pharmacists on rotations to visit with patients in underserved areas, and then initiate a live conversation with instructors and practicing faculty, facilitating the connection from patient to provider and improving healthcare for the people of Alabama. Providing Continuing Education to Practicing Pharmacists Through Video Collaboration One of the benefits Auburn provides to the Alabama community is a thriving continuing education program for practicing pharmacists and technicians. For example, a continuing education program can be offered live in Auburn, Birmingham or Mobile. This allows professionals from Alabama and surrounding states to earn required live credit hours for their licensure. “This technology provides flexibility in our continuing education program with participants and presenters at any location,” said McConatha. “Polycom is providing the Harrison School of Pharmacy a bridge to the world. Alumni connect as well. Participants from across the globe as far-ranging as India and Ireland have collaborated with us. We even stream graduation ceremonies live around the world.” About Polycom Polycom is the global leader in open, standards-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) solutions for voice and video collaboration, trusted by more than 415,000 customers around the world. Polycom solutions are powered by the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform, comprehensive software infrastructure and rich APIs that interoperate with the broadest set of communication, business, mobile and cloud applications and devices to deliver secure face-to-face video collaboration in any environment. Polycom and its ecosystem of over 7,000 partners provide truly unified communications solutions that deliver the best user experience, highest multi-vendor interoperability, and lowest TCO. Visit www.polycom.com or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to learn how we’re pushing the greatness of human collaboration forward. © 2013 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM®, the Polycom logo, and the names and marks associated with Polycom’s products are trademarks and/or service marks of Polycom, Inc. and are registered and/or common law marks in the United States and various other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.