On Tuesday, August 17 the University of California and a coalition of healthcare, technology, and government agencies will launch the California Telehealth Network (CTN.)
Propelling California as a leader in telemedicine, and providing an example nation-wide for what broadband technology can do for healthcare services, CTN allows patients in rural and underserved areas of California to receive the specialty care they need. CTN will connect more than 300 California healthcare facilities and 800 California healthcare providers to a statewide and nationwide broadband network of healthcare and emergency services.
The program is funded with more than $22.5 million from public and private entities, with a large chunk coming from the FCC’s Rural Health Care Pilot Program.
The press conference slated for next week will be the first time the public has access to see CTN services at work, and marks the official “flipping of the switch.” Key speakers at next week’s launching event will be California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (invited); Aneesh Chopra, U.S. Chief Technology Officer; Dr. John Stobo, UC Senior Vice President; Sandra Shewry, President and CEO, Center for Connected Health Policy; and Eric Brown, Executive Director, CTN The demonstration will include a Redding ICU video that demonstrates the network in action and various UC Davis/Oroville Hospital connection demonstrations.