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Emerging Best Practices for Tele-ICU Care

January 2014

Many rural areas of California lack local intensive care units to accommodate critically ill patients. Using remote technology, ICU specialists can monitor, consult, and care for these patients from afar.

Specialty Care Safety Net Initiative (SCSNI)

August 2013

Using telemedicine, specialists at the five University of California Medical Centers provided over 2,000 consults for low-income and uninsured patients at 43 clinic sites.

Rural Inpatient Telepharmacy Consultation Demonstration for After-Hours Medication Review

August 2012

A pilot project shows that medication order review by remote pharmacists — dubbed telepharmacy — offers a viable solution for rural hospitals that lack night and weekend coverage.

Diabetic Retinopathy Screening

January 2011

Advanced cameras and web-based software enable primary care physicians to send images (rather than patients) to optometrist, leading to earlier detection and prevention of diabetes-related blindness. Watch a short video about the project and read the results evaluation report.

Health Information Technology in California's Rural Practices: Assessing the Benefits and Barriers

December 2009

This report explains how innovative use of IT in rural areas can improve the health and health care of rural populations, and discusses the challenges to implementation.


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