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Telehealth News

2006 - Present

January 2012

UC Davis dermatologists find telemedicine effective for patient care

January 17, 2012 (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — UC Davis Health System dermatologists, using videoconferencing technology known as telemedicine, have determined that live interactive consultations can improve clinical outcomes for patients because they usually involve beneficial changes in medical diagnosis and disease management that otherwise might not occur.

August 2011

UC Davis teledermatology program improves diagnosis, outcomes

July 1, 2011 - Dermatology Times — A teledermatology program based at the University of California, Davis, frequently alters referring physicians' diagnoses and management plans, thereby improving patient outcomes, its director says.

August - October 2010

4 Ways to Accelerate ED Triage, Boost Revenue

October 14, 2010 - HealthLeaders Media

Healthcare takes digital leap forward
August 18, 2010 (The Sacramento Bee) — Imagine a doctor listening to the heartbeat of a patient half a world away. Or a young child opening wide into the peering lens of a high-definition camera. And doctors collaborating online, exchanging digital X-rays, MRIs and potential diagnoses.

Healing rural patients with a dose of broadband
August 18, 2010 (NPR) — Millions of Americans who live in rural areas travel long distances to get health care. Or they may go without it. But high-speed Internet connections now make it possible to bring a doctor's expertise to patients in far-off places, if those places are connected.

New details emerge on $30M effort to launch California Telehealth Network 
August 17, 2010 (San Francisco Business Times) — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Aneesh Chopra, President Barack Obama’s point man for telehealth and related technologies, announced Tuesday the official launch of the California Telehealth Network.

"Asynchronous telepsychiatry" found effective for assessing patients' mental health
August 5, 2010 — A new study by researchers at the UC Davis School of Medicine has found that psychiatrists can accurately assess a patient's mental health by viewing videotaped interviews that are sent to them for consultation and treatment recommendations.

June 2010

Yellowlees appointed to California health information exchange board Cal eConnect
June 15, 2010 — Peter Yellowlees, professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the UC Davis School of Medicine and one of the world’s leading experts on the use of telemedicine and psychiatry, has been appointed to the board of directors of Cal eConnect, a new non-profit entity established by the state of California to provide leadership and direction for the development of a statewide health-care information exchange process.

May 2010

Marcin receives national pediatric telemedicine award
May 17, 2010 — James Marcin, professor of pediatric critical care medicine and director of the UC Davis Health System Pediatric Telemedicine Program, received the 2010 Special Interest Group and Chapter Achievement Award on May 16 from the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) during its 15th Annual International Meeting and Exposition in San Antonio.

UC Davis physician leader awarded top telehealth honor
May 17, 2010 — Thomas Nesbitt, associate vice chancellor for strategic technologies and alliances for UC Davis Health System, has received the 2010 Leadership Award for the Advancement of Telemedicine from the American Telemedicine Association in recognition of his vigorous efforts to expand health-care access and education through the use of telecommunications technology.

APRIL 2010

UC telehealth network picks AT&T to build $27M system
April 13, 2010 Sacramento Business Journal (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — A telehealth consortium led by the University of California Office of the President and UC Davis Health System has selected AT&T to build a telecommunications system to connect hundreds of providers throughout the state.

JANUARY 2010

iPad, anyone? Hospitals looking at the mobile device
iPAD COULD TAP BIG MARKET AS IT CUTS PAPERWORK 
January 31, 2010 (The Sacramento Bee) — One tablet, the Motion C5, promoted by its manufacturer as a "mobile clinical assistant," is about the size of a small bathroom scale. It has handles and is equipped with a pen-like stylus.

NOVEMBER 2009

When the best doctor is far away
November 22, 2009 Parade — Last Christmas morning, a young boy lay unconscious in the emergency room of a tiny hospital in Colusa, Calif. His pulse was slow and weak, his blood starved of oxygen. "He was literally blue," says Dr. James Marcin, a pediatric critical-care doctor. "He was dying."

Texting helps people get sun-smart 
November 17, 2009  NEW YORK (Reuters Health) — Texting people to remind them to wear sunscreen daily actually works, research shows.

JULY 2009

NESBITT TO LEAD TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENT AND PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT FOR UC DAVIS HEALTH SYSTEM
July 1, 2009  (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Thomas Nesbitt, executive associate dean for administration and clinical outreach and director of the Center for Health and Technology, has accepted a new position at UC Davis Health System as associate vice chancellor for strategic technologies and alliances. His appointment began on July 1.

JUNE 2009

SMARTPHONE ADDS EXPERTISE TO EMERGENCY ROOM
UC Davis physician helps confirm dangerous infection from images seen on phone
June 16, 2009  (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Lester Mundel’s leg infection came on with such pain and suddenness that a short trip to pick up his daughter from the airport in San Francisco ended up becoming a two-week stay in the hospital. If it hadn’t been for the quick thinking of a pair of physicians using their smartphones, the 64-year-old Roseville resident might have lost more than just time. He could have lost his leg or perhaps even his life.

APRIL 2009

UC DAVIS, TAHOE FOREST HEALTH SYSTEMS ESTABLISH MEDICAL EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP
April 1, 2009 (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — An innovative UC Davis program, designed to help increase health-care access in rural areas of the state, enters a new phase this week with the formal announcement of its first clerkship training site.

JANUARY 2009

TELEMEDICINE CAN DRAMATICALLY IMPROVE CHILD SEXUAL ASSAULT EXAMINATIONS IN RURAL AREAS, UC DAVIS STUDY FINDS
January 23, 2009 (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — The use of telemedicine can dramatically improve the quality of child sexual assault examinations in rural communities where rates of abuse and neglect are highest — sometimes more than double the statewide rate — a study published in the January issue of the medical journal Pediatrics has found.

DECEMBER 2008

STATEWIDE CENTER FOR TELEHEALTH ESTABLISHED
December 15, 2008 (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) announced today (Dec. 15) the establishment of the California Center for Connected Health (CCCH), a strategy and planning body to lead and coordinate telehealth adoption throughout the state.

NEW UC DAVIS TELEMEDICINE PROGRAM ADVANCES COMMUNITY-BASED HEALTH CARE
December 11, 2008 — Community hospitals and primary care clinics that want to establish telemedicine programs or improve existing infrastructure are invited to apply for videoconferencing and related telehealth equipment through a new program just launched by UC Davis Health System in Sacramento.

UC Davis to develop metrics to assess emergency preparedness at health-care facilities
February 27, 2008 — Physicians and researchers from UC Davis Health System, along with Stanford University and the Battelle Memorial Institute, have received a $674,000 contract from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response to develop indicators of emergency preparedness for the nation's hospitals and health-care facilities.

UC RECEIVES $22 MILLION FCC TELEHEALTH GRANT 
November 20, 2007 —  The University of California, in partnership with a coalition of government agencies, health care providers and others, received a three-year, $22 million award today from the Federal Communications Commission to help develop a new California Telehealth Network.

UC Davis health and technology expert named to national advisory committee
October 18, 2007 — Thomas Nesbitt, executive associate dean for clinical and administrative affairs at UC Davis School of Medicine, has been appointed to an expert panel on emergency communications that stems from recommendations made to Congress by the 9/11 Commission.

$5 million grant to aid community preparedness for public-health emergencies
September 28, 2007 — UC Davis Health System is among five recipients nationwide of $5-million grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to improve hospitals' and communities' ability to prepare and respond to disasters and emergencies.

$100 million grant from Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation launches Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis
July 31, 2007 — Continuing its commitment to improving the quality of patient care and fostering nursing excellence through education, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation today announced $100 million in founding support to launch the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California, Davis.

UC Davis Health System receives grant to expand resources for people with developmental disabilities
May 2, 2007 — UC Davis Health System has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish a new Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Education, Research and Service.

Survival rate for critically ill children at UC Davis among the nation's best
March 16, 2007 — Two weeks ago, when two-month old Jeremiah Cervantes-Bone couldn't possibly get enough air into his tiny, pneumonia-laden lungs, the emergency team in Oroville turned to pediatric critical care specialist Kourosh Parsapour at UC Davis Children's Hospital in Sacramento.

UC DAVIS RECEIVES PRESIDENT'S AWARD FROM AMERICAN telemedicine ASSOCIATION
May 25, 2006 — The UC Davis Center for Health and Technology received the President's Award for the Advancement of Telemedicine from the American Telemedicine Association at its 11th annual international meeting in San Diego in May.

MORE DOCTORS AND BETTER HEALTH CARE FOR RURAL AREAS
December 5, 2006 — UC Davis School of Medicine has an approximately $35 million proposal in the works that will help increase the number of medical students it trains and establish the school as a statewide hub for medical telecommunications, all with an emphasis on improving health care for residents living in the rural and more remote areas of California.

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