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Burlington doctor creates video conferencing platform to enhance virtual medicine

Dr Richard Tytus Banty

Banty is a new video conferencing platform created in response to a lack of user-friendly solutions for virtual medicine, say its co-founders.

The technology allows medical participants to receive video calls and schedule appointments with ease.

Unlike other platforms that require an installation of software in order to attend a meeting, Banty works in your website browser.

“Most video conferencing platforms give you a new link each time an appointment is scheduled,” said Banty co-founder Dr. Rick Tytus, Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University.

“These links are long and impossible to remember, leading to confusion and missed meetings. Banty solves this problem by eliminating the misunderstanding regarding how to join a video call, providing a dedicated Banty.com URL to each individual physician or business.”

While Banty was created with a health-care focus in mind, the platform can be used by businesses across all industries and sectors that want to expand their virtual offerings, according to Burlington resident Tytus, whose co-founder is Scott Wilson.

The platform is safe and secure, meeting all Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) privacy legislation and Banty provides end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for 1-to-1 appointments to ensure meetings remain 100 per cent private, he said.

Banty also has a variety of features including screen sharing, polling, YouTube sharing, recording, collaborative whiteboard brainstorming and the ability to add up to 115 participants. Businesses can schedule appointments with ease and organization, sending automatic email invites to participants, he said.

“While the platform was originally created for physicians to host online medical appointments with their patients, we knew this platform would be useful across a multitude of sectors,” said Tytus.

Dr. Tytus believes “technology improves patient outcomes and enhances access to health care,” by removing barriers.

“With technology, patients receive more timely access from the comfort of their own home. It’s eliminating wasted time and stress in travelling to the doctor’s office, reducing exposure to viruses in the waiting room, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Technology makes encounters with health-care providers more convenient for the patient.”

There are also patients with chronic diseases who have a fear of attending clinics or who are disabled and can’t travel, who will now seek medical attention where they may not have in the past, he said.

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