JACKSON, Miss.- Mainly due to efforts from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the state of Mississippi has risen to prominence on a national scale when it comes to TeleHealth and emergency preparedness. Senator Wicker was on hand Wednesday in Jackson to tour the school’s MED-COM and University center for TeleHealth. He was there to gain a better knowledge of how far the state has progressed in medical communications and see how he could help to improve it.
The technology of telecommunications in connection with medical emergencies has progress to levels no one thought was possible. Senator Wicker was able to sit in on a video chat with the Holmes County branch of UMMC in Lexington, guided by UMMC’s Head of Medical Emergency, Dr. Alan Jones.
He then proceeded to tour the MED-COM communications hub, which serves as central hub of the emergency response agencies throughout the state. MED-COM is staffed with experienced paramedics and emergency medical technicians that are there to serve the needs of emergency responders and healthcare providers statewide. He commented on how the statewide operation “saves time when it matters most.”
Here is Senator Wicker speaking with the media on the advances of telecommunication in the state of Mississippi.
If you would like to listen to the full audio of this briefing, you can do so HERE:
And here he is speaking with MED-COM EMT Samantha Tucker, learning about statewide medical emergency operations.