While surgical and medical advances are leading to more effective primary and rehabilitation care, the need for clear, concise and consistent communication between teams at every stage of a patient’s treatment pathway is also critical. High-quality video content is playing an increasingly vital role in documenting patient progress. More importantly, it is being used to collect valuable insights, which can be applied to future cases, improve learning outcomes and assist in sharing best practice with other medical professionals.
The BG Unfallklinik Murnau located in Bavaria, close to the Alps, is one such clinic. Highly renowned as a national trauma centre, it provides care to patients suffering from complex and complicated conditions, including spinal cord and craniocerebral injuries, major burns and paraplegia.
“We take a holistic approach to our therapy, which means that all medical and surgical departments collaborate from the moment a patient arrives with us,” explains Christian Podolski, BGU Murnau’s media producer. “To support this, we invested in a video solution based upon cameras and live production hardware from Blackmagic Design.
Podolski explains that documenting each patient’s injuries through photographs had been the case for many years at the hospital. Still, video now allows an additional layer of insight. “We can now analyse how trauma affects a patient’s mobility, through walking analysis, or capture the results of manipulation; this is repeated throughout a patient’s rehabilitation in order to check if the recovery is proceeding smoothly.”
Patient progress is documented using a trio of compact handheld camera systems, including the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. “Video documentation provides an accurate point of reference and discussion that we can share more readily between each of the specialist teams involved in a patient’s pathway.”
The hospital also has its own in-house conference facilities, where medical professionals can present their findings to colleagues from other departments, and even out to the wider international network. “We needed a flexible solution that wouldn’t require a huge amount of resource in terms of technical staff,” continues Podolski. “A pair of Blackmagic Studio Cameras film each speaker, and we run presentations through an ATEM switcher as it allows us to transition smoothly through slides, as well as split signals to different screens when required.”
Sessions can be recorded for future use and live streams. “For the latter, we use Blackmagic’s Web Presenter with OBS software to produce a 720p program that we stream via YouTube afterwards,” says Podolski. “The hospital has an international reputation for excellence, which has to be reflected in a modern and effective presentation stream. That enables us to share our insights with other specialists across the globe.”
Despite a busy day-to-day environment, BGU Murnau’s management team ensures that the hospital’s reputation for quality is also reflected in its external brand. “We want our patients to know that they are getting the best possible care,” explains Podolski. “Therefore we need to gain their utmost trust in our medical, clinical and support staff. For that reason we need to make sure that our marketing content is professional and well produced, as well as showcasing the talent and expertise of our specialist teams. The Pocket Cinema Camera 4K has become an integral part of that creative process.
“These promo pieces are a useful tool that gives us enormous capacity to be creative while telling our story. It’s an opportunity for us to shine a light on people who work tirelessly behind the scenes and to bring the hospital’s story to life. We really have enjoyed the intuitive use of the camera, and its compact form combined with its performance in low light. That means for us we don’t need to carry around additional lighting or rigs when filming, which could cause major disruption.”