JACKSON, Miss. – In keeping with its mission to promote a healthier state, the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Center for Telehealth, in partnership with Gov. Phil Bryant and the Mississippi Development Authority, launched a corporate telehealth program last year designed to access healthcare providers from the workplace – virtually.
BankPlus, one of the marquee companies taking part in the program, has made the program available to all 725 employees at 60 of the company’s locations. In early December after only four weeks in operation, the program had already treated nearly 50 BankPlus patients.
“For the last decade, BankPlus has focused a tremendous amount of resources toward the overall health and wellness of our employees and their families,” said Bill Ray, president and CEO of BankPlus. “Historically, we have always embraced emerging technology. Telehealth allows us the opportunity to bring these two passions together, while saving our employees time and money.”
Telehealth in the workplace allows real-time, same-day virtual appointments for employees and helps employers contain costs by reducing expensive trips to the emergency room and increasing employee productivity.
Employees needing healthcare consults connect to the UMMC Telehealth Clinic by entering a virtual waiting room on a computer or device in the workplace. Then the UMMC health provider and employee interact in a live video session to assess and diagnose the employee’s condition. A treatment plan is created and prescriptions are e-prescribed for same-day pick-up at a local pharmacy. When it’s determined that in-person care is required, the employee will be referred to a local clinic.