|dc.description.abstract||Telehealth at the University of California Health System began as a
telefetal monitoring connection with a rural hospital in 1992 and
evolved to become the Center for Health and Technology (CHT) in 2000.
The Center supports the vision of the University of California Davis (UC
Davis) Health System—a healthier world through bold innovation. The
CHT focuses on the four pillars of the academic health center: clinical
services, research and scholarly work, education, and public service.
Since 1996, the Center has provided more than 33,000 telemedicine
consultation (excluding teleradiology, telepathology, and phone consultations)
in over 30 clinical specialties and at more than 90 locations
across California. Research and continuous evaluation have played an
integral role in shaping the telehealth program, as well as strategic
collaborations and partnerships. In an effort to expand the field of telehealth
the CHT provides telehealth training for health professionals,
technical specialists, and administrators. Furthermore, it also plays an
integral role in workforce development through the education of the next
generation of community primary care physicians through Rural Programs
In Medical Education (Rural PRIME) and continuing educational
programs for working health professionals through videoconferencing
and Web-based modalities. The Center is supported through a variety of
funding sources, and its sustainability comes from a mix of fee-forservice
payment, contracts, grants, gifts, and institutional funding.
Together with key partners, UC Davis has educated and informed initiatives
resulting in legislation and policies that advance telehealth.
Looking toward the future, UC Davis is focused on technology-enabled
healthcare and supporting synergy among electronic health records,
health information exchange, mobile health, informatics, and telehealth.||en