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New Digital Telehealth Center Cuts ER Visits

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Tele-medicine is coming to communities and rural hospital across the state of Mississippi.  The new technology is made possible by a partnership between the Delta Regional Authority and the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC).

The digital telehealth center will provide rural health-care providers and their patients with education and medical services.

"Every service we have at University Medical Center can be brought to the patient," said Dr. Kristi Henderson, Director of Telehealth at UMC. "They don't have to travel to get health care or education any longer.  This is all about connecting them."

The creation of the telehealth center will create 201 new jobs and deliver training to more than 500 community health workers and nurse practitioners specific to psychiatric care.

Researchers found that more than half of the 1.7 million emergency room visits in 2011 were unnecessary.

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