SnapMD Client Expands Reach of Health Services in Mississippi
A not-for-profit startup company is finding a niche in Mississippi, offering telemedicine services in a variety of underserved areas while crafting partnerships that link patients in rural areas with providers.
TeleHealthONE is the state’s only private telemedicine company, and it’s using a cloud-based product to link patients with providers, testing approaches that will enable healthcare to be provided in a variety of community settings.
David Powe, former chief administrative officer for the University of Mississippi Medical Center, is the CEO of the new company. He retired from the medical center in June 2013, but caught a vision for how telemedicine could bring care to underserved areas of the state.
“A lot of people today don’t have primary care physicians, and they’re using ERs to get primary care,” Powe says. “With all the negative health indicators that we have in Mississippi, we’re just trying to provide better access to healthcare and serve the needs of the population in a rural state.”
TeleHealthONE is taking advantage of incentives intended to promote telemedicine initiatives in the state. At the urging of Gov. Phil Bryant, Mississippi recently enacted a law requiring health insurance plans to provide coverage for telemedicine services at the same level that the services would be covered if they were provided in person…