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The University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Telehealth Project is set for a major expansion, thanks to a $450,000 grant from the Delta Regional Authority.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center has developed its Telehealth program to provide emergency care and other medical support to rural critical access hospitals in Mississippi. Statistics show that 53 of the state's 82 counties are more than 40 minutes away from specialist care. Access to quality care is vital - the state is last in 2011 overall health rankings and outcomes, while obesity, diabetes, infant mortality, hypertension and stroke continue to plague Mississippians.
Since its inception in 2003, Telehealth has grown to include more than 100 clinical sites and 20 different specialties, providing them with improved emergency medical services and health care through telemedicine technology.
Using existing technology and training, UMMC facilitates the training and placement of specially trained nurse practitioners in rural emergency departments, who work under direct clinical supervision by emergency staff at UMMC via a telemedicine video link - TelEmergency.
In 2008, telepsychiatry was added to the program, which was expanded to the Office of Telehealth in 2012. Twenty specialties are now offered through the Telehealth Call Center.To date, UMMC has reached out to more than 500,000 patients in rural Mississippi with this unique program.
Services provided by our programs include, but are not limited to:
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216