Using the same portable satellite terminal technology that enables journalists to broadcast news
reports live from distant regions throughout the world, UC Davis physicians are delivering specialty care
to patients who live in some of California's remotest communities.
"We believe portable satellite terminal technologies have the potential to revolutionize the delivery
of complex health care to rural areas and expand services to patients and physicians who reside in some
of California's remotest areas, where access to health care is often hampered by inadequate telecommunications
infrastructures," said Thomas S. Nesbitt, associate dean for outreach, telehealth and continuing
medical education. Nesbitt established the telemedicine network that brings specialty care to more than
60 clinical sites throughout California.
Unlike traditional telemedicine services, which rely on connections to high-speed, land-based telephone
lines, the portable satellite terminal makes a direct connection to a satellite, enabling UC Davis specialists
to communicate with patients and their physicians throughout California.