• Dr. Abigail Fruzza using telehealth with a child patient. (C) UC Davis Regents. All rights reserved.

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Every Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) bed at UC Davis Children’s Hospital has 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 was one of the first programs of its kind in the nation to provide 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.

Through this provider-to-provider 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.

UC Davis Children’s Hospital utilizes video visits to connect patients and their families directly to health care providers from the comfort of their own homes using the MyUCDavisHealth app and web portal. In the event of an urgent health care issue, patients may also use Telehealth Express Care.

To keep families connected to their loved one’s health and healing, family members can join in on video visits with their relative and care team through telehealth family visits. The FamilyLink application allows family and friends the opportunity to virtually visit with their hospitalized love one when they are away from the hospital, and the NICU webcam program allows parents and families to see their baby through a secure connection from a home computer, tablet or cellphone 24/7, even when they are not at the bedside.