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Research and development plays a vital role in improving telehealth services. We conduct multiple research projects at a time, exploring ways to make health care more convenient and effective for patients. We also collaborate with our colleagues in other departments and at other University of California campuses to make sure our efforts are shared with the wider health care community.

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Disabled boy in a wheelchair on a bus.STARS Tele-physiatry Program

A recent study published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation found that the School-Based Tele-Physiatry Assistance for Rehabilitative and Therapeutic Services (STARS) program at UC Davis Health provides parents and providers with the same perceived quality of care as in-person encounters. It is also more economical, offering a savings of about $100 per visit and provides high-quality care to children with special health care needs in underserved communities. 

UC Davis Telehealth Research

Pediatric patient on hospital bed. (C) Adobe Stock. All rights reserved.Pediatric Trauma Care Study

A research team led by James Marcin, UC Davis Center for Health and Technology director and Pediatric Clinical Research vice chair, has been approved for a $4,199,464 funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The study will compare the current standard of pediatric trauma care with the virtual pediatric trauma center model, which utilizes telehealth and videoconferencing technology.

Research Spotlight

Stem cell researcher looks through microscope.Alpha Stem Cell Clinic

We're supporting an innovative new clinical trials program to help the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) develop an Alpha Stem Cell Clinic focused on accelerating the therapeutic development and delivery of stem cell therapies. This effort is supported by a nearly $8 million grant that CIRM awarded to University of California, Davis, stem cell researchers in 2017. CIRM award reviewers identified the UC Davis Center for Health and Technology as a distinctive asset for the Alpha network’s goal of reaching more potential clinical participants and being able to monitor their progress remotely via telehealth.

CITRIS Partnership

Newborn hearing screening.We work with the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Banatao Institute at UC Davis to develop and test new telehealth technologies. The CITRIS Health Initiative specifically focuses on developing transformative, scalable and sustainable information technology solutions to improve health and wellness.

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