Tuesday, January 12, 2010

UC Davis breaks ground on telehealth building

UC Davis breaks ground on telehealth building

Sacramento Business Journal - by Kathy Robertson Staff writer

Construction work on a California Telehealth Resource Center on the UC Davis Health System campus in Sacramento will begin Friday.

The four-story, 52,000-square-foot building will be linked to the $46 million medical education building at 4610 S St. The $36.75 million addition, including equipment, is expected to be completed in the fall of 2011.

The center will serve as a communications hub between Sacramento and remote areas of the state, allowing rural doctors far from specialty care to consult with specialists on difficult cases via video. It will also be a resource for telehealth efforts among the five UC medical schools.

The program got its start in 1996 and includes telemedicine consultations, distance education, critical care and emergency services and health care training.

Since its inception, the program has performed more than 22,000 video consultations linked to more than 100 clinics and hospitals in and outside California. Services have been provided for 40 specialties and more than 1,500 professionals have received training, according to UC Davis spokesman Charles Casey.

About 2,775 video consultations were performed in fiscal 2008-2009 alone.

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