Announced by Senator Roger Wicker, the University of Mississippi Medical Center has received an award of $2.3 million from the Federal Communications Commission for the purpose of a new telehealth program.
The program will provide support for telehealth services for low-income Americans who live in rural areas, as well as veterans.
“The University of Mississippi Medical Center has been on the leading edge of providing telehealth services to rural areas,” Wicker said. “This award from the FCC’s Connected Care Pilot Program will be a major boost to our state’s efforts to provide quality care to residents who lack easy access to in-person care.”
Joining Wicker in the announcement was FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, who initially revealed the Connected Care Pilot Program at UMMC in Jackson during the summer of 2018.
“Senator Wicker’s leadership is accelerating the delivery of telehealth services in Mississippi and across the country,” Carr said. “The idea for this program sprang from events that Senator Wicker held in Mississippi at UMMC. I’m pleased that the health care heroes at UMMC will benefit from this initiative.”
Estimated to impact over 237,000 patients across Mississippi, the project will enable remote patient monitoring technologies and ambulatory telehealth visits to individuals suffering from chronic conditions or illnesses requiring long-term care.