JACKSON, Miss. – Mississippi faces a growing diabetes crisis, ranking second among all states nationwide in disease prevalence with more than 373,000 adults in the state living with some form of diabetes. In an effort to address this problem, Gov. Phil Bryant has joined with the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), North Sunflower Medical Center (NSMC), GE Healthcare, Intel-GE Care Innovations and C Spire to offer people with diabetes more consistent and timely access to clinicians through the use of telehealth technology in their homes.
The Diabetes Telehealth Network will begin recruiting patients this spring in the Mississippi Delta to participate in an 18-month remote care management program, a concept, which will fuse technology with UMMC specialists to improve patient outcomes. The program – a first of its kind nationally – is designed to improve the health of participants while also reducing the total cost of care.
The Diabetes Telehealth Network will take that concept one step further by putting that technology in the hands of the patients themselves in the form of Internet-capable tablets equipped with the Care Innovations™ Guide platform. Patients will use Care Innovations technology to share health data, such as weight, blood pressure, and glucose levels, daily with clinicians.
The daily information provided by patients will give clinicians a much more complete view of a patient’s health status. With this information, clinicians can easily adjust medical care, as well as schedule phone calls or video chats with patients as necessary to avoid serious complications as well as develop long-lasting behavioral change.
For more information about the Diabetes Telehealth Network contact Matt Westerfield at UMMC at 601-984-1104.