Leveraging Remote Patient Monitoring to Manage Chronic Disease

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Rajiv Leventhal (Moderator)
Michael Adcock

Abstract

Session Description: Mississippi understands the challenges and costs of a patient population with chronic diseases. The University of Mississippi Medical Center’s (UMMC) Center for Telehealth has a mission to bridge the gaps in the healthcare delivery system in order to improve the health of all Mississippians. Telehealth is able to connect rural residents to the specialists at the larger tertiary centers in the state, thus increasing access.  In August 2014, the UMMC Center for Telehealth launched The Mississippi Diabetes Telehealth Network to pilot an advanced healthcare model on patients with uncontrolled diabetes living in the Mississippi Delta.  The model employs evidenced based practice, multidisciplinary teams, and individualized nursing interaction in an effort to empower patients to better manage their diabetes. Our program focuses on decreasing health disparities; managing chronic diseases; reducing emergency room visits, hospital admissions and readmissions; and improving health quality while reducing the overall cost of care.



Topics include:
-        Clinical outcomes from pilot and how it paved the way for reimbursement in Mississippi
-        Cost effective care model for chronic disease management for patients living in under served areas.


-        The need for collaborative approach to managing chronic disease 

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Track: Telehealth
Author Biographies

Rajiv Leventhal (Moderator), Healthcare Informatics, Managing Editor

Rajiv Leventhal is Managing Editor of Healthcare Informatics, covering healthcare IT leadership and strategy for the renowned, award-winning publication. Since 2012, he has been covering the daily impact of regulatory measures on Healthcare Informatics’ CIO and CMIO-based audience, and has taken keen interest in areas such as patient engagement, health information exchange, mobile health, healthcare data security, and telemedicine.

Michael Adcock, UMMC Center for Telehealth, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Executive Director, Center for Telehealth

Michael Adcock is an emerging leader in the fast growing business of telehealth. As executive director for the Center for Telehealth at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, he guides the strategy and expansion of virtual medical care in communities across the region. Prior to his work at UMMC, Michael served as chief operations officer for West Jefferson Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, and vice president of operations at the North Carolina-based Halifax Regional Medical Center. Michael began his professional career at UMMC, and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the Jackson-based health science center. He’s a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, vice chairman of the Mississippi Telehealth Association board of directors, and a member of the American Medical Association’s Digital Medicine Payment Advisory Group and Connected Health Initiative