The UC Davis Health System, Sacramento, Calif., recently signed a telehealth research collaboration agreement with the Mexican state of Sinaloa.
UC Davis Health partners with Mexico on telehealth
The memorandum of understanding commits the two to sharing ideas and research data on telehealth, scientific and technical development, and neurodevelopmental disorders, according to a news release.
The agreement came after the Sinaloa government publicly committed to strengthening access to quality healthcare using telehealth technology, particularly for the 27% of its 3 million residents who live in rural areas, according to the release.
The UC Davis Center for Health and Technology already uses high-speed data lines linked to video units to connect large, urban medical centers with community hospitals and clinics. The technology allows community physicians and their patients to consult specialists and subspecialists through two-way videoconferencing.
The scientific and technical development goal of the partnership will focus on improving health education, primarily in primary-care settings.
The Sinaloa agreement followed another Mexican partnership, announced earlier in 2011, between the academic health system and the Carlos Slim Health Institute to share information helpful in the early identification of autism and fragile X syndrome.
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