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New Telehealth Broadband Network Set to Connect More than 800 California Medical Facilities

More than 800 California health clinics, hospitals and medical facilities in underserved urban and rural communities are set to be connected via a pioneering broadband network known as California Telehealth Network (CTN), announced Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, state health officials and the United States Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra at a press conference held Tuesday, Aug. 15, at UC Davis Cancer Center in Sacramento.

Described as the “the largest single-state grant award of its kind,” the California Telehealth Network is designed to allow for the safe, reliable and efficient digital transfer of patient information, medical data and other information to facilities that may currently lack the resources for such telemedicine networks, or are located in remote areas throughout the state. The CTN initiative aims to give healthcare professionals, including Sacramento medical assistants and other Bay Area medical assistants, a quicker way to access crucial patient records and other essential materials.

Governor Schwarzenegger shared his support and enthusiasm regarding the state’s innovative project at the recent program launch/press conference:

“California is always leading the way with the most innovative and new technology that is changing the future.  And, what we are launching today is a new era for health care. Through a simple broadband link, this state-of-the-art system will save lives by instantly connecting people from across the state, including underserved and rural areas, with the best and brightest doctors. The California Telehealth Network marks the beginning of a new digital highway that will fundamentally change the future of how health care is provided,” Gov. Schwarzenegger said.

Described as a $30 million “joint funding effort,” the CTN initiative involves a wide range of participants, including the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF), UnitedHealthcare, the California HealthCare Foundation, the National Coalition for Healthcare Integration, and the University of California. Other public and private groups are also contributing to the extensive telemedicine project.

The newly launched CTN project will make the peer-to-peer sharing of medical information easier among the states millions of healthcare providers, from Los Angeles doctors, to San Jose medical assistants. California’s new telemedicine project is also one of 68 eMedicine programs already in place throughout the country.

The U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Assistant to President Barack Obama, Aneesh Chopra, also voiced support of the CTN initiative:

“With the $22.1 million in grant funding from the FCC, along with $3.6 million in matching funds from the CETF, the CTN will help improve access to quality healthcare in rural and medically underserved areas, over a secure, managed network enabling the delivery of emerging eHealth and telemedicine services,” Chopra said.

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UC Davis School of Medicine Awarded $1 Million Grant for Healthcare Programs Targeting Northern California Native Americans Communities

The University of California, Davis received a $1 million grant for healthcare initiatives targeting Native American communities in Northern California, confirmed a press release issued Aug. 9 on the School of Medicine website.

The Sacramento-based medical education institution will receive the funds through a research grant awarded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health. Plans for the $1 million include training representatives from participating organizations on effective culturally appropriate measures to reduce type-2 diabetes and obesity among members of Northern California Native American communities.

Native American communities set to participate in the research grant programs include the
Round Valley Indian Tribes of Covelo, California, and Mendocino County, as well as American Indian communities receiving medical service from the Northern Valley Indian Health, Inc., including groups in the Glenn and Colusa County, and portions of Tehama and Butte County.

According to recent studies conducted by researchers at the UC Davis School of Medicine, over one-third of American Indian adults in the U.S. are considered obese—in comparison, around 22 percent of non-Hispanic whites fall into this category. The study also found that 68 percent of the adults from surveyed Native American communities are obese, while 24 percent of children ages 2-5 years old have body mass index measurements in the overweight range.

The study’s lead investigator, Dr. Dennis Styne, explained how the federal funding will provide a valuable opportunity for health experts to positively impact the Native American communities taking part in the two-year health initiative:

“This will be a unique situation in which university health researchers will collaborate with community members to teach them how to perform research on their own communities, to ensure that the research is culturally appropriate, acceptable and helpful,” stated Dr. Styne, the UC Davis School of Medicine’s Yocha Dehe Endowed Chair in Pediatric Endocrinology.

Obesity is linked to type-2 diabetes and other serious ailments like heart and kidney disease, nerve damage, blindness and early death. The UC Davis Medical Center describes obesity as a “disease of disparity” that effects greater numbers of people in ethnic minority and low-income categories.

Obesity-related conditions like diabetes reportedly affect 2.6 times as many American Indians as non-Hispanic whites. In Northern California’s Northern Valley and Round Valley Native American communities 11 percent of the population has type-2 diabetes.

Until the rates of diabetes, obesity and other complicated illnesses are reduced, Northern California communities will require the expertise of skilled and caring healthcare professionals, such as Sacramento medical assistants  and
San Francisco medical assistants. See how a quality training program at Unitek College can get you started on an in-demand career as a East Bay or San Jose medical assistant today!

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Medical Assistant Profession One of the Fastest-Growing Job Fields for Women Says Leading Career Information Expert

In a July 19 article published in ForbesWoman, an online and print periodical targeting women professionals, Medical Assistant jobs are listed as some of the fastest-growing professional opportunities for women in the country.

The article cites recent research conducted by Laurence Shatkin, a 30-year veteran of the career information field, and the prolific author of numerous employment resource guides, including “Best Jobs for the 21st Century,” “50 Best Jobs for Your Personality,” and “150 Best Recession-Proof Jobs.”

According to Shatkin, the Medical Assistant field is ranked eighth in a list of the 20 fastest-growing professional fields for women. Opportunities for Medical Assistants, such as San Francisco Medical Assistant jobs, are projected to increase 40% through 2018. This anticipated growth is likely to bode well for women professionals, who, according to ForbesWoman, make up 90 percent of the Medical Assistant field.

Shatkin is said to attribute the impressive growth of jobs in the Medical Assistant field, like San Jose Medical Assistant jobs, to the country’s significant population of aging baby boomers and the recently approved reforms to U.S. health care law; both factors are expected to contribute to the need for greater numbers of qualified Medical Assistant personnel throughout Northern California and the rest of the country.

According to the most current information listed in government’s established career guide, the outlook for the Medical Assistant field is particularly strong:

Employment is projected to grow much faster than average, ranking medical assistants among the fastest growing occupations over the 2008–18 decade. Job opportunities should be excellent, particularly for those with formal training or experience, and certification,” states the U.S. Department of Labor in the 2010-2011 edition of its Occupation Outlook Handbook.

In addition to requiring greater numbers of Medical Assistants, the healthcare field and medical professionals will need skilled personnel who can perform a number of key administrative tasks (scheduling appointments, maintaining patient files and arranging laboratory services); as well as clinical duties (taking patient medical histories, preparing patients for exams, recording vital signs).

If you’ve considered exploring Medical Assistant Jobs in Sacramento, Santa Clara or elsewhere in the Bay Area, now may be the best time to start training for this exciting and rapidly-growing profession! Learn how Unitek College can help you get the quality training you need to start your new Medical Assistant career.

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