UC Davis Medical School

The explosion of knowledge and information in the health sciences is ironically creating greater disparities in the quality of healthcare services. The Institute of Medicine 2001 report, “Crossing the Quality Chasm,” stated that “information technology must play a central role in the redesign of the health care system.” With this in mind, CITRIS, through its partners at the






, is developing technological healthcare solutions that have the power to fundamentally change medical education, healthcare delivery and clinical research. Through the current project pipeline, CITRIS aims to address these areas and improve the quality of healthcare throughout society.


1. Innovative Wireless, Wireline, and Optical Networking to Support Very High-Throughput and


Applications: Applications In Patient Transportation

2. Enhanced RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Technology for Disaster Preparedness and Hospital Surge Capacity


The collaborative environment created within CITRIS—combining engineering, computer science and medicine—creates synergy to promote innovations in healthcare delivery. Such innovations will help to transform our current healthcare delivery model, current concepts in medical education, and how society views the intersection of medicine and technology. CITRIS engineers and medical professionals are dedicated to working together to help solve the healthcare issues that impact our society, from both individual and public health perspectives.


Researchers will emphasize the development of mobile ambulance networking nodes that are capable of deploying and configuring a high-performance network at any time.  These mobile ambulances can be attached to vehicles or helicopters to allow high-end instrumentations and advanced medical treatments in real-time with gigabit connections to the medical facilities with much higher communications and data processing capabilities than is currently possible.