November 27, 2009 | Healthcare
New Tele-Healthcare Project to Provide Dental Care to Underserved Communities in California
More than four hundred foster-care students within the Twin Rivers Unified School District will be able to receive free dental care thanks to a new telemedicine project created jointly by the California Dental Association Foundation, University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and the California HealthCare Foundation with start-up funding from Verizon.
The groundbreaking project, which has received $100,000 from the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon, is needed to address the 'access to care' crisis in California by connecting patients with critical dental services.
State Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, who was on hand for the demonstration at the Twin Rivers School District offices, where the examinations will take place for the duration of the project, said: "This collaboration demonstrates that when partnerships are formed we can still do great things in and for our communities even during times of unprecedented budgetary constraints."
The four-year pilot project will expand and improve access to dental services for people by giving participating dentists the technological capability to examine patients remotely with help from dental hygienists and dental assistants.
"The Virtual Dental Home is an innovative example of one of the many ways technology can improve the delivery of healthcare services," said Tim McCallion, Verizon West Region president.
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