Mississippi Governor Launches Statewide Telehealth Initiative

January 23, 2014
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In his "State of the State" speech, Mississippi Governor, Phil Bryant announced a new statewide telehealth effort focused on local diabetes patients.

Bryant said the Mississippi government, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, GE Healthcare, North Sunflower Medical Center, and wireless company, C Spire will team together to use telehealth technology to treat "200 of the most complex diabetes patients in the Mississippi Delta." The initiative is being called the Mississippi Diabetes Telehealth Initiative.

According to Bryant, "This coordinated care approach will improve disease management and health outcomes for generations to come."

In a press release from CareInnovations, which is a GE and Intel company, stakeholders revealed that the diabetes telehealth network will recruit patients this spring in the Mississippi Delta to participate in the 18-month remote care management program. The technology, from CareInnovations, will be able to allow patients to share health data, such as weight, blood pressure, and glucose levels, daily with clinicians from the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC).

“We will bring UMMC’s specialists, including the pharmacist, the diabetic educator, the nurse, the endocrinologist and the ophthalmologist, to the Mississippi Delta through this technology” Kristi Henderson, director of telehealth at UMMC, said in a statement. "We will be able to provide interactive video consults, deliver patient education and engage with the patient daily to meet their needs. Until now, this type of coordinated care that engages the patient in their home setting was simply not an option.”

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