Blue Jeans: A videoconferencing tool for collaboration and scholarship

June 2, 2016  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Connect with collaborators and meeting attendees anywhere in the world without worrying about compatibility of software, hardware, or devices using Blue Jeans.

Blue Jeans is free to all faculty, staff, students, and sponsored affiliates of participating units (such as UMHS, see the full list of participating units). The service offers a user-friendly interface, high-resolution telepresence videoconferencing, and real-time content and video sharing. Microsoft Lync users can connect seamlessly across the medical campus, and recorded Grand Rounds lectures may be watched on-demand.

Medical School Information Services (MSIS) and Medical Center Information Technology (MCIT) recently partnered with Information and Technology Services (ITS) to fund Blue Jeans through May 31, 2017. ITS serves as the administrator for Blue Jeans and bills a share of the contract cost to units. Previously, the University of Michigan Office of the CIO funded a two-year contract.

Besides being user-friendly, one of the features that sets Blue Jeans apart from other video conferencing systems is the ability to share some types of sensitive university data, including (under certain circumstances) Protected Health Information (PHI). To make certain you are compliant, visit the Sensitive Data Guide to IT Services, and be sure to follow the steps in the Blue Jeans Video Conferencing Sensitive Data Guide for compliance.

Although a user account is required to schedule, host, or moderate a Blue Jeans meeting, it is not needed to take part in one. Participants can attend a Blue Jeans conference from multiple locations using a variety of devices, including telephone (voice only), smartphone, tablet, laptop, or video conference room system.

Interested in scheduling a training session or have questions? Contact the UMHS Service Desk for assistance, 734-936-8000, or Learn more on the ITS website for Blue Jeans Videoconferencing Services at U-M, or read the article, “Blue Jeans adds HIPAA compliance to conferencing service” in The Record.

This article was written by Stephanie Dascola, communications specialist, Medical School Information Services, and Ken Caldwell, marketing communications specialist, Information and Technology Services, and, except where otherwise noted, is published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Contact us: