There are 2 things I love about PanaCast. The first is that I no longer have to explain to users that we can’t capture an entire room because of its size. I can just bring in PanaCast and show them the superior conferencing experience that PanaCast provides. The second is that I feel like Altia Systems is always listening to their customers to make something that’s already cool even more useful and practical.

– Jonathan Villasan, Video Conferencing and Collaboration Specialist at Stony Brook University

Each year, nearly 1 million people are treated at Stony Brook Medicine, Long Island’s premier academic medical center and one of the top-ranked institutions for scientific research and training in the world. The center continually extends the boundaries of medical science via scientific research and discovery. Stony Brook Medicine represents Stony Brook University’s entire medical enterprise and integrates Stony Brook’s health-related initiatives: education, research and patient care. It encompasses Stony Brook University Hospital, the five Health Sciences schools – Dental Medicine, Health Technology and Management, Medicine, Nursing and Social Welfare – as well as major centers, institutes and a variety of programs in more than 50 community-based healthcare settings throughout Suffolk County.

Now in its 36th year, Stony Brook Medicine remains dedicated to delivering world-class, compassionate care to its patients, advancing shared understanding of the origins of human health and disease and educating the healthcare professionals and biomedical investigators of the future.

Stony Brook Medicine’s health-related initiatives involve stakeholders across all of their schools and institutes so it needed a means of achieving effective dialogue and collaboration. In 2016, Jonathan Villasan (Video Conferencing and Collaboration Specialist at Stony Brook University) noticed that Stony Brook’s means of collaborating were rapidly evolving. Stony Brook Medicine was increasingly utilizing video conferencing and virtual collaboration set-ups. “We had been doing more and more desktop, soft-codec and video conferencing,” recounts Villasan. “It quickly became apparent that we needed a camera with a wide field of view.” He began experimenting with various camera set-ups in Stony Brook University Hospital’s conference rooms. In some conference rooms, the room layout forced Villasan to place a display parallel to the length of the table instead of placing it at the head of the table, as most conference rooms are traditionally set up. He began to feel increasingly frustrated by these complex, awkward set-ups. “We tried several camera options and found none that could capture all the participants at the table, much less the room,” he admits.

Villasan had already been using PanaCast 1 and had given Altia Systems great customer feedback. He had first heard about PanaCast via various industry magazines and websites. He found the camera system’s natural visual perspective very compelling. In 2016, he decided to invest in PanaCast 2 devices. He immediately saw value in PanaCast 2, both in terms of video quality and placement options. PanaCast 2 also significantly enhanced the end user experience. “The wide field of view gave us a better experience,” says Villasan. “Meeting participants could sit naturally around the table in a room without feeling like they had to squeeze into the frame.”

Best of all, PanaCast 2 gave Stony Brook Medicine the ability to quickly convert more of its small spaces into conference rooms and huddle rooms, thus increasing the number of meeting spaces available at the medical center. This has provided the center with more collaboration opportunities and the ability to make scientific discoveries faster. “Instead of having to reconfigure a room or even compromise on the user experience, we have been able to make these rooms as useful as any other conference space,” explains Villasan. This has helped him deliver a superior end user experience. He can now promote better, more effective meetings between the staff of Stony Brook Medicine’s aforementioned 5 Health Sciences schools. Villasan also emphasizes how great the Altia Systems team has been to work with. “I had a feature suggestion that I passed along to my PanaCast Account Manager. He then told me about upcoming features the team was working on that did exactly what I was requesting,” recounts Villasan. This experience with his Account Manager coupled with Altia Systems’ ability to quickly innovate left a positive impression on Villasan. “I feel like Altia Systems is listening to their customers to make something that’s already cool even more useful and practical,” he says.

As a result, Villasan says that the PanaCast 2 is now his “go to camera option when configuring a room.” He is no longer constrained by the room’s camera set up and no longer has to get creative when trying to set up an effective conference room layout. “I no longer have to explain to users that we can’t capture an entire room because of its size,” says Villasan. “Now, I can just bring in the camera and show users the superior conferencing experience that PanaCast provides.”