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California Telehealth Network


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California Telehealth Network

  1. 1. The FCC Rural Health Care Pilot Program : Improving Access and Quality of Health Care throughout California Thomas Nesbitt, M.D., M.P.H. Executive Associate Dean, School of Medicine Director, Center for Health and Technology University of California, Davis
  2. 2. The explosion of new knowledge and information in the health sciences is ironically creating greater disparities in the quality of health care services.
  3. 3. If we discover a cure for cancer, but only half the people have access to it, we have only discovered half the cure for cancer. Medical Science, no matter how good it is, is worthless if not applied appropriately to patients who need it
  4. 4. Advances in telecommunications and information technologies can help to redistribute health care knowledge and expertise to where and when it is needed
  5. 5. These technologies can help facilitate a new, more efficient model of care across the economic and geographic spectrum.
  6. 6. The role of information and telecommunication technology in health care
  7. 7. Telemedicine <ul><li>Interactive healthcare over distance using technology </li></ul><ul><li>Telemedicine brings the expertise of a specialist to the point of care and allows that expertise to be customized to that patient </li></ul>
  8. 8. UC Davis Telemedicine Services <ul><li>Pediatric Critical Care </li></ul><ul><li>Pediatric Sexual Abuse QA </li></ul><ul><li>OB/GYN </li></ul><ul><li>Pediatric Cardiology </li></ul><ul><li>Surgical Oncology </li></ul><ul><li>Allergy </li></ul><ul><li>Occupational Medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Child Development </li></ul><ul><li>Burn </li></ul><ul><li>Genetics </li></ul><ul><li>Transplant </li></ul><ul><li>Urology </li></ul><ul><li>Pediatric Rheumatology </li></ul><ul><li>Pulmonary </li></ul><ul><li>Plastic Surgery </li></ul><ul><li>Pediatric PM&R </li></ul><ul><li>Podiatry </li></ul><ul><li>Hematology </li></ul><ul><li>Pediatric Urology </li></ul><ul><li>Pediatric Gastroenterology </li></ul><ul><li>Oncology </li></ul><ul><li>Pediatric Hematology/Oncology </li></ul><ul><li>Surgery </li></ul><ul><li>Cardiology </li></ul><ul><li>Pediatric Endocrinology </li></ul><ul><li>Pediatric Nephrology </li></ul><ul><li>Gastroenterology </li></ul><ul><li>Infectious Disease </li></ul><ul><li>Pediatric Neurology </li></ul><ul><li>Pain Management </li></ul><ul><li>Pediatric Genetics </li></ul><ul><li>Nephrology </li></ul><ul><li>Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Rheumatology </li></ul><ul><li>Neurology </li></ul><ul><li>Hepatology </li></ul><ul><li>Otolaryngology </li></ul><ul><li>Pediatric Obesity </li></ul><ul><li>Orthopaedics </li></ul><ul><li>Nutrition </li></ul><ul><li>Endrocrinology </li></ul><ul><li>Psychiatry </li></ul><ul><li>Dermatology </li></ul>
  9. 9. Medical Peripherals General Exam Camera Otoscope Nasopharyngoscope Electronic stethoscope
  10. 10. Outpatient Telemedicine
  11. 11. Outpatient Telemedicine
  12. 12. Telemedicine in the Hospital Setting <ul><li>Hospitalized patients are much sicker than in the past </li></ul><ul><li>Having the right expertise at the point of care 24/7 is essential </li></ul><ul><li>Access to specialty expertise is a significant challenge for smaller hospitals </li></ul><ul><li>Telemedicine can bring that expertise to the emergency room or to the inpatient bedside </li></ul>
  13. 13. Emergency Room Telemedicine
  14. 14. Redistributing Expertise in the Inpatient Setting
  15. 15. Requirements for a successful statewide telehealth network <ul><li>Broadband connectivity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reliability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality of Service (QOS) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Security </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Privacy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Equipment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>At specialty and remote sites </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A trained workforce </li></ul>
  16. 16. Proposition 1D <ul><li>Proposition 1D: K-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2006 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“…the amount of $200 million shall be used for capital improvements that expand and enhance medical education programs with an emphasis on telemedicine aimed at developing high-tech approaches to health care.” </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. California’s Proposition 1D Passes <ul><li>“ With Proposition 1D we will be able to connect our best hospitals and our best medical schools with clinics in remote areas all over the state of California.” </li></ul><ul><li>--Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger  </li></ul>UC Davis Pediatric Telehealth Colloquium
  18. 18. The California Telehealth Network: A digital health care highway
  19. 19. Current State
  20. 20. FCC Rural Health Care Pilot Program <ul><li>Dedicated over $417 million for 69 pilot program networks </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages regional broadband health care networks with connections to national backbones </li></ul>UPDATE!
  21. 21. Consortium Members <ul><li>The Office of the Governor </li></ul><ul><li>California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency (BTH) </li></ul><ul><li>The California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) </li></ul><ul><li>The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) </li></ul><ul><li>The California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) </li></ul><ul><li>The California Telemedicine & eHealth Center (CTEC) </li></ul><ul><li>Rural Telehealth Networks </li></ul><ul><li>The UC Office of the President </li></ul><ul><li>University of California Davis Health System </li></ul><ul><li>The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) </li></ul><ul><li>California Health & Human Services Agency (CHHSA) </li></ul><ul><li>The Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California </li></ul><ul><li>The California Office of Emergency Services (OES)  </li></ul><ul><li>The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology </li></ul><ul><li>The California Hospital Association (CHA) </li></ul><ul><li>The California Health Foundation and Trust (CHFT) </li></ul><ul><li>The California State Rural Health Association (CSRHA) </li></ul><ul><li>The California Primary Care Association (CPCA) </li></ul>
  22. 22. FCC Rural Health Care Pilot Program: California’s Goals Summarized <ul><li>Goal 1: Create statewide broadband network dedicated to health care with explicit QOS, privacy and security </li></ul><ul><li>Goal 2: Link the California Telehealth Network (CTN) to a national backbone </li></ul><ul><li>Goal 3: Leverage and build upon recent investments in telehealth </li></ul><ul><li>Goal 4: Utilize CTN for ongoing disaster preparedness training </li></ul>
  23. 23. Technical Goals <ul><li>Extend broadband connections to 300+ rural health care providers in 3 years </li></ul><ul><li>Address technical and cost constraints </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate use of state-of-the-art telehealth services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Telemedicine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continuing Medical Education </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Current Status of the CTN <ul><li>Award of $22.1M from FCC </li></ul><ul><li>California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) providing $3.6M for 15% match and start-up funds </li></ul><ul><li>Letter of Agency process (completed) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Original goal was 319 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nearly 1000 locations represented in the received letters of agency </li></ul></ul><ul><li>USAC has qualified over 730 sites </li></ul><ul><li>RFP has been submitted for posting on the USAC RHCPP web-site </li></ul>
  26. 26. Current Model
  27. 27. California Telehealth Network
  28. 28. California Telehealth Network
  29. 29. This effort has not only led to the next generation of telecommunication for under served areas but has also led to a new focus on telehealth in the State as well as a new level of collaboration among stakeholders
  30. 30. How will all of this benefit Californians?
  31. 32. The FCC Rural Health Care Pilot Program : Improving Access and Quality of Health Care throughout California Thomas Nesbitt, M.D., M.P.H. Executive Associate Dean, School of Medicine Director, Center for Health and Technology University of California, Davis