Telehealth is the delivery of University of Mississippi Medical Center healthcare services provided remotely through the use of communication technologies. It is not a separate medical specialty, but a means to deliver healthcare services.
To date, UMMC's telehealth program has benefitted more than 500,000 patients in Mississippi.
Sixty percent of Mississippians live in rural areas, while 37 percent of those live in medically underserved areas. About 57 percent of Mississippians must drive more than 40 minutes to visit a medical specialist.
The goal of telehealth is to:
- Improve access to care
- Reduce healthcare disparities
- Create efficiencies in healthcare delivery
To learn more about UMMC's telehealth program, call (601) 815-2020.
For more about its education program, click here.
For more about The Telehealth Advocate sponsored by the MSU Extension Service, click here.
Why telehealth is a growing trend
- Addresses inadequate physician and nursing workforce
- Supports the rural healthcare providers
- Minimizes unnecessary travel for healthcare and duplication of testing
- Keeps patients closer to their home, family and work
What UMMC's Telehealth program offers
- 10 years of experience in telehealth
- Provides telehealth services to over 100 sites in 40 counties in Mississippi
- Access to over 20 medical specialists for teleconsults
- Connected to hospitals, community mental health centers, FQHCs, clinics, schools, mobile vans and prisons
- 24/7 telehealth call center support with physicians, nurses and technology staff
- Access to continuing education courses through distance learning
- Education for communities and citizens to support a healthier lifestyle
Telehealth call center
- RN and IT support staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- Telenursing for ICU patients
- Routing of video consults
- Poison control
- Education - patients and staff
- Performance improvement