Northern California Academic Medical Centers Team to Launch Pediatric Health Center in Sacramento
Two Northern California academic medical centers have partnered to launch a new pediatric heart center in Sacramento that will use telemedicine to improve access to specialty care for children, the Associated Press reports. The University of California-San Francisco Medical Center and the UC-Davis Health System will launch the UCSF/UC-Davis Pediatric Heart Center to "augment" local physicians with care provided by heart specialists from the two medical centers. UC-Davis has a "well-established" telemedicine program that links the medical center with community hospitals and clinics statewide, and the partnership with UCSF will allow a team of cardiac surgeons and related specialists from the two medical centers to perform remote consultations, examinations and regular case discussion and evaluation for patients in Sacramento, Dr. James Goodnight, chair of the UC-Davis surgery department, said (Associated Press, 5/1).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.