Telemedicine is the use of electronic information and
telecommunications to support long-distance health care. It uses internet
calling and video chat technology to enable health services for individuals to
connect with their health care providers in lieu of an office visit. It’s an
industry-changing innovation that provides patients with new opportunities to
receive health care at lower costs and lesser personal inconvenience.
Empowering health care providers to deliver telemedicine
would significantly increase health care access. At least 38 percent of
in-person visits, including 27 percent of emergency department visits, could be
remotely delivered by qualified professionals through telemedicine. These
remote services would have enormous health benefits for patients in underserved
areas without reliable access to physicians.
Expanding access to telemedicine would also help patients
reduce health care expenses. Telemedicine-based home health programs in the
Veterans Health Administration have reduced the rate of hospitalizations by 35
percent by remotely monitoring chronically ill patients and providing timely
interventions. These innovations saved nearly $2,000 for every individual
within the program.
TESTED during a crisis and delivered by TRUSTED doctors and
nurses: Let’s keep TELEMEDICINE available for Mississippians.