In parts one and two of this blog series we reviewed the benefits of embedded video for telemedicine apps, and how to ensure their success. In part three, we’ll be diving into the specific advantages of vidyo.io.
How does vidyo.io help?
Now that you ready to get started on your embedded video project, how can vidyo.io help? Vidyo.io is a communications platform-as-a-service (CPaaS) offering from Vidyo that provides all of the necessary infrastructure, SDKs, and APIs necessary to build an app with video conferencing built-in. Using vidyo.io you can enrich your app with group video interactions that include voice, video, content sharing, and text chat capability.
Faster time to market
Vidyo.io provides everything needed to embed real-time video interactions into your telemedicine app, except for the developers. We have put a lot of effort into making vidyo.io easy to use so developers can rapidly integrate video into an app. In fact, the APIs are easy enough to use that a developer can have a working video chat client, for iOS or Android, in a matter of minutes.
If you’re building an app for patients to access your service, you can’t dictate what type of device they use. They will use whatever type of device they have. Therefore it is important to support a wide variety of devices. Vidyo.io has SDKs for all major platforms including Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and also WebRTC for browsers. We made sure that the APIs for each supported platform maintain consistency. A developer who learns the behavior of the API for a single platform can quickly apply that knowledge to all other supported platforms. The result: faster time to market with fewer bugs with cross platform support.
Customization and branding
The primary advantage of embedded video is an uninterrupted workflow. Users should not have to feel like they are leaving the telemedicine app in order to engage in a video conversation with the provider. With vidyo.io the developer decides what the video call looks like and where it resides within the app workflow. The video can carry virtually any look and feel or branding the developer wants to build. Users of the app will not know they are using a Vidyo app, they just know they are having a conversation with their doctor.
Secure communications are essential for telemedicine applications. Vidyo.io was built using strong 256-bit encryption to protect conversations between patient and provider. Since vidyo.io is only used for the video interaction portion of the telemedicine app, it does not handle any PHI at rest. The result is that you can build a HIPAA compliant telemedicine app using vidyo.io.
One’s personal health is extremely important. Patients should not be interrupted in the middle of an important conversation. The vidyo.io service is built using Vidyo’s patented technology for delivering extremely reliable video conversations. It constantly assesses the quality of the connection and dynamically optimizes the video for best performance. The result is extremely reliable video without the broken picture experienced with other video services. This dynamic adaptation technology is essential for consumer facing telemedicine apps, with patients who use readily available, and often unreliable, network connections such as residential cable, WiFi, or even 4G.
How to get started?
Getting started with an embedded video project may seem intimidating. The best approach is to carefully map out the use case you are trying to build for. Try to limit the scope of the first version to the minimum viable feature set with the understanding there will be subsequent revisions. Then plan on building a proof of concept prototype to demonstrate with decision makers and stakeholders.
When you’re ready to build your proof of concept, have your developer sign up for a free account at vidyo.io. Developers will have access to documentation, reference applications, and sample code to help jumpstart your project. There is even a ready-to-use demo app available that requires no coding.