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UC Davis doctors win telehealth awards

Sacramento Business Journal - May 18, 2010

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UC Davis doctors win telehealth awards

Sacramento Business Journal - by Kathy Robertson Staff writer

Two UC Davis doctors have received top awards at the American Telemedicine Association’s annual meeting in San Antonio, and a third was appointed to the association board.
ATA’s annual meeting and exposition began Sunday and ends late Tuesday. The organization is a leading resource and advocate for expanding access to medical care via telecommunications technology.
Dr. Thomas Nesbitt received the 2010 Leadership Award for the Advancement of Telemedicine, which recognizes individual leadership at the local, national and international level in promoting telehealth.
A professor of family and community medicine, associate vice chancellor and founding director of the UC Davis Center for Health and Technology, Nesbitt has been a driving force behind programs that address unique health care and educational needs of patients and medical professionals throughout California. Under his direction, UC Davis has developed one of the nation’s leading telehealth programs.
Nesbitt is also a leader in state and national telehealth initiatives. He is codirector of a federally funded pilot project called the California Telehealth Network, which will connect up to 860 clinical sites across the state.
Dr. James Marcin, professor of pediatric critical care medicine and director of the pediatric telemedicine program at the UC Davis Health System, received a special interest group and chapter achievement award for his efforts to advance the practice or pediatric telemedicine.
Dr. Peter Yellowlees, an expert on use of telemedicine and psychiatry who teaches at the UC Davis School of Medicine, was appointed to the ATA board of directors. Yellowlees has advocated the use of telemedicine in psychiatry since the early 1990s and is an expert in health informatics, which includes the acquisition, storage, retrieval and use of information in medicine.

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