CDU Urban Telemedicine Center of Excellence

CDU Urban Telemedicine Center of Excellence

Telemedicine

The Charles Drew University Urban Telemedicine Program is utilizing telemedicine technology to increase access to specialty care, improve quality of care, and reduce cost of care for minority, underserved urban populations. Historically telemedicine has been used to bring specialty care to remote and rural settings. Now this state of the art technology is being applied to the “remote inner city” where it represents a cost effective way to improve access to care for millions of urban residents.

Established in 1996 in cooperation with the Los Angeles County Community Development Commission and the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, telemedicine clinics opened in three CDC inner city housing communities located across Los AngelesCounty. The first clinic came online in 1996 in the Carmelitos community, of North Long Beach. The Nueva Maravilla Community Telemedicine Clinic opened in East Los Angeles in 1999. One year later, in 2000, the doors of the Mary Henry Telemedicine Clinic in South Central Los Angeles opened.  Ophthalmology became the first specialty service delivered across the telemedicine network.  

The addition of the Mary Henry Clinic represents the commitment to grow this program to include a broad range of specialty services – for example: cardiology, asthma/allergy, and dental – all accessible from local community clinics. Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, who represents the area, said, “Mothers can sleep better knowing that their children will receive essential physician care that all people deserve.  Telemedicine provides a technological lifeline for the community.”  An additional facility, Hubert Humphrey Comprehensive Health Center is a high volumeCounty Clinic which services over 200,000 patients a year and is the clinical hub for several long term telemedicine projects.

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  • CDU Urban Telemedicine Centers of Excellence featured on National Public Radios Day to Day program. We're excited to announce that NPR's program, Day to Day, produced an 8 minute segment featuring our work in telemedicine at the Mary Henry Clinic which aired on Tuesday, June 1, 2004. It is entitled Telemedicine Connects Doctors with Poor Patients?. You can listen to it on NPR's website and see the accompanying web build-out including photos and story at www.npr.org/features/feature.php?wfId=1919758

    This feature offered national exposure for urban telemedicine and publicizes our message of how state-of-the-art technology reduces the digital divide and can improve the quality of healthcare for inner-city communities.

  • DIGITAL MEDICINE COMES TO URBAN NEIGHBORHOODS - Los Angeles Urban Telemedicine Centers of Excellence Positioned as a Leader in Urban Telemedicine Arena
    LOS ANGELES - (March 30, 2004)
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"Bringing technology to urban communities to improve health"


Ophthalmologist examines eyes and collects images to send to a specialist.


A physician's assistant can examine a patient's ears and send the images to an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist for evaluation.


Mary Henry Telemedicine Clinic Staff


In tele-consultation with a specialist, Mrs. Jones' primary care physician caught her diabetic retinopathy before she lost her sight. So she could see the balloons at her 85th birthday party.


Kenya gets information on her asthma through tele-education programs. Now, she's getting her medication sooner, and missing fewer days at school.


Charles Drew
University of Medicine and Science
1731 East 120th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90059
(323) 563-4800