UC Davis Pediatric Telemedicine Program
Every Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) bed at UC Davis Children’s Hospital is now set up with a webcam. This allows parents and families to see their baby through a secure connection from a home computer, tablet or cellphone 24/7.
The UC Davis Pediatric Telemedicine Program, the first of its kind in the United States, provides physicians and patients with real-time remote consultation and evaluation though interactive, high-definition video and audio communication. This enhanced video technology allows UC Davis to offer 24/7 expertise to remote health care providers, without the need to transfer a patient to UC Davis Children’s Hospital.
UC Davis specialists conduct an average of 2,800 inpatient and outpatient telemedicine consultations each year. Through the program, UC Davis emergency medicine physicians, neonatologists, and critical care specialists connect directly to remote hospital emergency departments, newborn nurseries, and inpatient wards to provide care and consultation for infants, children and adolescents who experience traumatic injuries, life-threatening infectious diseases or other critical illnesses.
The UC Davis Emergency Department, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Pediatric and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PICU) also utilize mobile telemedicine carts to speed access to specialists at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.