UC Davis physician receives national pediatric telemedicine award

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James Marcin

Posted June 2, 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.

An internationally regarded leader in pediatric telehealth and the chair of the ATA’s Pediatric Special Interest Group, Marcin was honored for his exceptional efforts to advance the practice of pediatric telemedicine.

“I’m delighted to receive this award on behalf of the UC Davis Pediatric Telemedicine Program and the Center for Health and Technology,” Marcin said. “It’s my pleasure and my passion to work with other pediatricians who are committed to using telemedicine to increase access to health care, improve quality and reduce overall health-care costs.”

“It’s my pleasure and my passion to work with other pediatricians who are committed to using telemedicine to increase access to health care, improve quality and reduce overall health-care costs.”
— James Marcin

Marcin acknowledged the contributions of other members of the UC Davis pediatric telehealth team who contributed to the success of the Pediatrics Special Interest Group and to the success of the UC Davis program. Team members include Madan Dharmar, pediatric assistant research professor; Candace Sadorra, the program’s manager; and Juan Trujano, information technology supervisor in the Department of Pediatrics.

Attended by more than 3,000 participants from throughout the United States and more than 35 countries, the annual ATA meeting highlights best telemedicine practices and advances training. In addition to receiving the award, Marcin moderated a panel discussion on "Pediatric Telemedicine Applications.” Participating panelists included psychologist Anthony J. Urquiza, general pediatrician Ulfat Shaikh and nurse practitioner Sheridan Miyamoto, all of whom participate in the UC Davis Pediatric Telemedicine Program. Dharmar moderated and spoke during a panel discussion on "Evaluation Methods in Pediatric Telehealth." Participating panelists included pediatric critical care medicine physician Kathy Webster of Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago and general pediatrician Neil Herendeen of the University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y.

UC Davis Children's Hospital

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only comprehensive hospital for children. From primary care offices to specialty and intensive care clinics, pediatric experts provide compassionate care to more than 100,000 children each year and conduct research on causes and improved treatments for conditions such as autism, asthma, obesity, cancer and birth defects. For more information, visit the UC Davis Children's Hospital website.

The Pediatric Telemedicine Program is part of the UC Davis Telehealth Program, a component of the Center for Health and Technology. The program offers access to specialized medical care and education from UC Davis physicians delivered through live interactive video conferencing with community hospitals and clinics throughout California. The program was featured prominently in an article about telemedicine in the November 2009 issue of the national magazine Parade.

Established in 1993, the American Telemedicine Association is the leading resource and advocate promoting access to medical care for consumers and health professionals via telecommunications technology. ATA seeks to bring together diverse groups from traditional medicine, academic medical centers, technology and telecommunications companies, e-health, medical societies, government and others to overcome barriers to the advancement of telemedicine through the professional, ethical and equitable improvement in health care delivery. The organization is based in Washington, D.C.