UC Selects AT&T To Help Develop Infrastructure for Telehealth Network
On Tuesday, the University of California announced a three-year, $27 million contract with AT&T to build a telecommunications system for the California Telehealth Network, the Sacramento Bee reports (Calvan, Sacramento Bee, 4/14).
The telehealth network was established in 2007 as part of a $22 million pilot project funded by FCC. The project aims to improve health care access and distance learning in rural and underserved areas (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 4/13).
The new AT&T contract will provide the telehealth network with the framework to connect more than 860 sites throughout California. UC-Davis Medical Center plans to help coordinate the project.
Officials say the initiative will allow smaller hospitals and clinics to connect with physicians and specialists at larger hospitals by streaming video and audio through a closed-circuit system (Sacramento Bee, 4/14).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.