University of California-Davis Children’s Hospital to Expand Pediatric Telemedicine Program
The University of California-Davis Children's Hospital plans to expand the facility's pediatric telemedicine program with a $250,000 grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The expanded program will offer remote child abuse evaluation and consultation services to physicians at hospitals across Northern California. The expanded program will link two regional facilities -- Mercy Medical Center Mount Shasta and Mercy Medical Center Redding -- with specialists from the UC-Davis Child and Adolescent Abuse Resource and Evaluation Center. The link will allow UC-Davis specialists to partner with doctors at the Mercy facilities to determine causes of injury in suspected child abuse cases and to assemble improved medical records for criminal cases. UC-Davis may expand the program to as many as five additional regional facilities in the "near future." UC-Davis launched the program in April 2000 with grants from the California Telehealth and Telemedicine Foundation and the Hearst Foundation (UC-Davis Health System release, 5/8). For more iHealth & Technology stories, visit iHealthBeat.org, a new Web publication sponsored by the California HealthCare Foundation.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.