UMMC designated National Telehealth Center of Excellence

The University of Mississippi Medical Center now bears the title of National Telehealth Center of Excellence.

The federal Health Resources and Services Administration bestowed the title on UMMC in recognition of its 14 years of providing telehealth care, especially for those with little access to both primary and specialty services.

The recognition carries with it an initial $600,000 in funding, with the opportunity for an additional $2 million over two years — money that “will help UMMC to build the infrastructure for research in telehealth and allow us to bring a national leadership to this emerging special area of medical practice,” Dr. Richard Summers, UMMC professor of emergency medicine and associate vice chancellor for research, said in a news release.

The designation also allows UMMC’s Center for Telehealth to serve as a national clearinghouse for telehealth research and resources, including technical assistance to other telehealth providers.

Thanks to The Clarion Ledger for this information.