New diabetes telehealth trial in Mississippi (US)

A new telehealth trial for diabetes patients will be recruiting patients in Mississippi this spring. Known click to enlargeas the Diabetes Telehealth Network, the trial is planned to provide a classic telehealth service for up to 200 patients for a period of 18 months.

This trial is a result of a collaboration between several public and private organizations: the Mississippi Governor’s office, University of Mississippi, North Sunflower Medical Center, GE Healthcare, Intel-GE Care Innovations and C Spire.

The recruited trialists will be provided with a broadband connected tablet PC which will have software to enable daily medical measurements to be transmitted to a specialist team at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. A press release states that the measurements will include weight, blood pressure, and glucose level and these will be monitored by the clinical staff at UMMC to identify patients that may need follow up such as adjustments to their treatment or consultations (via phone calls or video chats). Specialist staff will include a nurse, an endocrinologist, an opthalmologist, a pharmacist  and a diabetes educator.

UMMC’s Center for Telehealth offers telehealth solutions for a range of conditions and has previously carried out telehealth activity in Sunflower County in north west Mississippi. It is a typically rural area with a population of about 30,000 spread over 700 square miles. In previous telehealth work UMMC has collaborated with the North Sunflower Medical Center.

Additional information is available from the UMMC website

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