JACKSON, Miss.—A new technology being implemented in the state will help rural residents received the same type of healthcare as their big city counterparts on many levels.
The Delta Regional Authority along with the University of Mississippi Medical Center announced Tuesday that they’re launching a new digital center that will deliver affordable care and medical training opportunities around the state.
“This means that where you live doesn’t have to dictate the type of health care services you get,” said Kristy Henderson Director of Telehealth.
Videoconference units are either already installed or are in the process of being put in many rural areas that will allow many of those residents not to have go long distances.
“They don’t have to travel to get healthcare or education anymore.”
If a health need arises they can speak with a doctor in Jackson at UMMC and get the help they need and hopefully prevent many unnecessary trips to the emergency room that cost the state millions.
“It’s a better use of their time along with our providers time,” said Henderson.
This launch is projected to create more than 200 jobs in the state and help train around 500 community health workers.
Many of the units are already in the state according to Henderson.
“We have 100 connections around the state right now.”
Mississippi ranks 49th out of 50 states for the number of physicians per person and ranks dead last when it comes to mental health providers. This program is aimed at bridging that gap with a convenience factor built in too.