NEWS | June 16, 2014

UC Davis to host online telehealth discussion

Experts to discuss new approaches to health care at inaugural "Innovation HealthJam" June 17-19


UC Davis Health System will participate in a unique online conference this week, a virtual gathering focused on health-care technologies called the “Innovation HealthJam.”

Innovation HealthJam to be held June 17-19 Innovation HealthJam to be held June 17-19

UC Davis is bringing together experts from its Center for Health and Technology and a variety of other state and national organizations to lead a three-day series of interactive discussions dedicated to telehealth and telemedicine.

James Marcin, professor of pediatrics and director of UC Davis’ Pediatric Telemedicine Program, will host a range of in-depth conversations with telehealth experts as they explore the emerging opportunities to link patients, caregivers and health providers via high-speed broadband technologies.

From remote diagnostics and monitoring, to conducting complex health-care procedures across great distances, telehealth and telemedicine are improving access to care and quality care to patients wherever they are located. During the UC Davis session, experts from around the country will address recent advances in telehealth and telemedicine, identify the current barriers to expansion and adoption, and challenge participants to identify new strategies to advance the rapidly growing needs for more health-care technology solutions.

It’s all part of a three-day event that will be held online June 17-19, 2014. The Innovation HealthJam is free and open to anyone. Health-care providers and technology specialists will find the discussion particularly interesting.

Anyone interested in “attending” the virtual gathering can register at  Details on specific discussion times and participants are available at

In addition to Marcin, participating experts in UC Davis’ sessions include:

  • Greg Billings – Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law
  • Peter Yellowlees – UC Davis Graduate Program in Health Informatics
  • Eric Brown California Telehealth Network
  • Mario Gutierrez – Center for Connected Health Policy
  • Bryan Arkwright – Center for Telehealth at Mission Health System
  • Ellen Cohn – School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
  • Deborah Greenwood – Sutter Health Integrated Diabetes Education Network

Participating in a separate session will be Heather M. Young, associate vice chancellor and dean at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. Young's presentation, titled "Technology and Older Adults," takes place on June 18, from 9-10:00 a.m. She will be discussing how technology might be used to assist families and friends in caring for older adults at home.

To learn more about the Innovation HealthJam and join the conversation, visit these websites and communities:

Innovation HealthJam Website & Online Registration:

Twitter: @InnovHealthJam



About Innovation HealthJam

The first ever Innovation HealthJam is a completely virtual event that brings together a diverse and knowledgeable group of people from the health-care and technology fields to brainstorm ideas, improvements and innovation in healthcare. The event is co-sponsored by a group of health-care industry leaders and led by the New Business Development and Innovation Group at Panasonic Corporation of North America. Co-sponsors include the American Medical Association (AMA), Center for Technology and Aging (CTA), Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA), a collaboration between Continua Health Alliance, mHealth Summit and HIMSS, Intel, Panasonic, University of California, Davis (UC Davis) and University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). 

About UC Davis Health System

UC Davis Health System is improving lives and transforming health care by providing excellent patient care, conducting groundbreaking research, fostering innovative, interprofessional education, and creating dynamic, productive partnerships with the community. The academic health system includes one of the country's best medical schools, a 619-bed acute-care teaching hospital, a 1000-member physician's practice group and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. It is home to a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, an international neurodevelopmental institute, a stem cell institute and a comprehensive children's hospital. Other nationally prominent centers focus on advancing telehealth (Center for Health and Technology), improving vascular care, eliminating health disparities and translating research findings into new treatments for patients. Together, they make UC Davis a hub of innovation that is transforming health for all. For more information, visit