Health care-related technology is always changing and evolving. UC San Diego Health is a pioneer in the development of telehealth, also known as telemedicine or E-health, which expands access to care and improves the quality of life of our patients.
What is Telehealth?
Telehealth describes health care services — such as examinations or appointments — that are provided electronically instead of in person. Most often these visits are completed by video using secure platforms on a laptop, desktop computer, smartphone or tablet.
This technology makes it easier for patients who have difficulty traveling to receive health care. It can offer those living in remote or rural areas access to a specialist not otherwise available. It also has the benefit of potentially saving all patients time when compared to an in-person appointment.
Physician-to-Physician Specialty Services
In 2008, UC San Diego Health led a first-of-its-kind clinical trial that showed the profound benefits of telehealth in making treatment decisions for stroke patients. That led to the creation of our tele-stroke service. It connects our physicians to physicians across the U.S. and around the world, improving the outcomes of thousands of patients.
We now offer subspecialty, expert telehealth consults in:
- Critical care/ICU
- Emergency medicine
- Executive health
- HIV care
- HIV neurology
- Neonatology (NICU)
- Neurocritical care (triage)
doctor-to-doctor telehealth consultations are available for patients in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico through a partnership with Unimed Urgent Care Center.
UC San Diego Health provides clinical expertise to patients and hospitals throughout San Diego County and the world through our telehealth program.