“We not only need to produce more doctors dedicated to practicing medicine in smaller communities, but we also need to take advantage of the innovations in telecommunications, which enable highly trained specialists in big city medical centers to share their expertise with more rural clinics and hospitals."
The University of California Davis, leading a partnership of funders, training and education organizations and local communities, implemented a $13.8 million program to increase adoption of broadband-enabled eHealth technology and sustain California’s Federal Communications Commission-funded broadband network. Recovery Act funding of $9.1 million from the Department of Commerce, Broadband Technology Opportunities Program was matched with $4.7 million of local funding to support California’s innovative and far-reaching eHealth Broadband Adoption Initiative.
A project compendium was compiled to capture overarching themes, lessons learned, and Initiative contributions to improved health and health care. The Compendium includes a series of papers and four video presentations of Model Community projects.
|Initiative Overview||Model eHealth Communities: Lessons Learned||Reflections on Improved Care|
Sites selected for the Proposition 1D loan equipment are listed below:
Please Note: This equipment loan program is a separate initiative from the California Telehealth Network (CTN). Both Proposition 1D and the CTN will have a profound impact on telehealth in California and both initiatives are under the direction of the UC Office of the President (CTN is co-directed by UC Davis). As an infrastructure bond, Proposition 1D supports the construction of buildings and purchase of equipment. The CTN, funded by the Federal Communications Commission and guided by an advisory council of various stakeholders, supports the deployment of broadband technology. While the two programs complement one another, each has different criteria for inclusion. For more information on the California Telehealth Network, please visit www.caltelehealth.org.
The University of California Davis, leading a partnership of funders, training and education organizations and local communities, implemented a $13.8 million program to increase adoption of broadband-enabled eHealth technology and sustain California’s Federal Communications Commission-funded broadband network. Recovery Act funding of $9.1 million from the Department of Commerce, Broadband Technology Opportunities Program was matched with $4.7 million of local funding to support California’s innovative and far-reaching eHealth Broadband Adoption Initiative. Underpinning program design was the understanding that success would require not just broadband and equipment, but also training, leadership to manage organizational changes, and sustained education strategies for consumers and health care professionals. To ensure success, the Initiative supported the following strategies:
- Low cost access to a statewide managed, medical grade broadband network through the California Telehealth Network.
- Online and community-based training programs focused on broadband-dependent technologies for organizations, consumers and health care professionals.
- Model eHealth Community Project support for equipment and implementation of eHealth applications.
Model eHealth Community funding was intended to support the full utilization of telehealth equipment and CTN connectivity to accomplish a broad array of services including specialty consultations, distance education, online education, patient education, online support groups and other services. Fifteen Model eHealth Communities were funded based on readiness, need, and capacity for success and will sustain a lasting capacity of eHealth applications and services. Dispersed throughout California, the Model eHealth Communities included 70 organizations and 100 sites in 26 counties. Funded projects include: urban eHealth projects with a goal to improve access to specialty care; rural eHealth projects working to attain reliable broadband and increase access to care for residents of remote areas; and, special population projects to address unique needs among underserved populations.
Model communities and their partners implemented more than 25 clinical services using new connectivity and equipment that will continue to foster timely access to care. Telehealth visits totaled almost 40,000 over the two year period. In addition, digital exchange of health information and e-prescribing totaled almost 100,000 encounters.
The following four videos will take you into local communities for a glimpse of Model eHealth Community telehealth programs. The videos offer insights to overcome local health challenges, whether you are in a remote, rural area or live in a large urban center.
This comprehensive training is an innovative collaboration between academia, community-based educators, instructional design experts and tribal representatives. The training curriculum is designed to support the transition to technology-enabled health and health care. The course modules include:
- California Telehealth Network Orientation (four lessons)
- Telehealth (14 lessons)
- Consumer Health Informatics (four lessons)
- Clinical Health Informatics (five lessons)
- Electronic Health Records/ Health Information Exchange Adoption (10 lessons)
- Broadband Adoption (four lessons)
- Change Management (seven lessons)
We invite you to visit the online eHealth Training site to determine the most appropriate modules for your purposes. View additional ehealth and education resource information.
Rural-PRIME is a combined, five-year M.D. and master’s degree program focusing on developing physicians who can become leaders and advocates for improving health care delivery throughout the state’s smaller, more isolated communities.
Rural-PRIME offers an innovative curriculum, specifically geared towards students from rural backgrounds who have a strong desire to make a difference in communities like the ones they were raised in.
A significant feature of Rural-PRIME is the integration of telemedicine training, leveraging UC Davis' expertise in this area to offer quick access from remote areas to specialty care at UC Davis Health.
"Students at UC Davis will train for rural medicine in a way far different from their predecessors. Our focus combines team medical practice, advanced information and telecommunication technologies and evidenced-based medicine, while still recognizing what has always made rural medicine fulfilling and fun: that broad scope of practice, great relationships with patients and the knowledge that you are making a difference."
Thomas Nesbitt, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Technologies and Alliances
Director, Center for Health and Technology
The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) was formed in 2001, when researchers within the UC system realized that the real opportunities lay not just in developing new and innovative technologies, but in applying them. See how CITRIS has built a foundation that can support and deliver long-term sustainable growth. Visit the CITRIS website.