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The Cutting-Edge of Doctor/Patient Care: Telemedicine, Teleradiology and Telehealth Defined

07/12/10     Oakland, CA

The notion of the "doctor is in" is undergoing rapid changes, thanks to technology that can skip the doctors' office entirely for some appointments. As health journalists, we can answer questions such as: What are the benefits of "telemedicine" for doctors and patients? What are the downsides? How does telemedicine work and how widespread is it likely to become in the months and years ahead? Will it curb runaway health care costs? We'll explore these questions and more.

Our speakers:

Thomas S. Nesbitt, MD, MPH, Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Technologies and Alliances at UC Davis School of Medicine, founding Director of the UC Davis Center for Health and Technology, a co-director of the California Telehealth Network, and Executive Director for Telehealth Services with the Center for Connected Health Policy.  He will provide an overview of the telehealth landscape in California and discuss how technology can improve both access to care and quality of care.

Kathy J. Chorba, Director, Specialty Care Safety Net Initiative with the Center for Connected Health Policy, will discuss the Initiative's telehealth demonstration project, which aims to link University of California medical specialists with patients statewide, and identify ways to establish permanent relationships among project participants.

Eric Trefelner, MD, FACR, Co-Owner and Teleradiologist with NightShift Radiology, will describe the controversial evolution of teleradiology services from providing late night on-call coverage to acute care hospitals to competing directly with radiology group practices for medical imaging services around the clock.

R. William Soller, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Self Care and Clinical Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, UCSF, will discuss telemedicine and UCSF's telepharmacy program specifically, with examples about how telepharmacy serves as a problem-solver for individual patients and providers.

A question & answer session will follow presentations.

When: Mon., July 12; 6:30-8:30 pm

Where: California Health Care Foundation, Oakland Office
1438 Webster St.
Fourth Floor Conference Room
(Street parking available; BART riders should exit at 12th Street station)

Light refreshments will be served.

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