Expanded partnership improves pediatric trauma care

A partnership with Barton Memorial Hospital has created a Virtual Pediatric Trauma Center (VPTC), a telehealth platform utilized when patients are being considered for transfer to our level I Pediatric Trauma Center. The program allows greater communication with patients and their families, and facilitates communication between medical teams. It also allows physicians to virtually view or share patient medical imaging, which can reduce the need for extra radiation, and allows them to discuss treatment plans before the patient is transferred. Barton currently works with UC Davis Children’s Hospital to ensure that at-risk newborns have access to UC Davis Health specialists and experts, including guidance from a neonatologist and neonatal specialists within the pharmacy, respiratory therapy, and nutrition departments.

Virtual programs earn Telehealth Equity Catalyst Award

UC Davis Health received a Telehealth Equity Catalyst Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges for our efforts to advance health care equity and telehealth. Jennifer Rosenthal, M.D., M.A.S., associate professor of pediatrics, and collaborators Kristin Hoffman, M.D., and Daniel Stein were recognized for their innovation of UC Davis Health’s NICU Virtual Family-Centered Rounds (FCR) program and the integration of video translation services into the telehealth platform known as Extended Care.

Telehealth leader a Fulbright Scholar

James Marcin, M.D., M.P.H., director of the UC Davis Center for Health and Technology, vice chair for pediatric clinical research and professor of pediatrics, has been selected as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar for 2022–23. Marcin will work with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) to advance pediatric health care in Ireland as a new children’s hospital integrates novel telehealth and digital health technologies. Marcin has extensive experience collaborating with other telehealth programs internationally, and currently directs the largest pediatric tele-emergency network in the U.S.