The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), one of the south’s leading medical providers, just took another giant leap forward by attaining URAC’s Telehealth Accreditation, which signifies UMMC’s commitment to high-quality telehealth services leading to improved patient outcomes. URAC’s Telehealth Accreditation is the first independent national program to meet the demand of health care stakeholders, including payers and consumers, for an objective validation of the highest standards for telemedicine quality and safety.
“We’re proud to have our hard work and high-quality program recognized by such an esteemed organization,” said Tearsanee Carlisle Davis, DNP, FNP-BC Director, Clinical and Advanced Practice Operations at UMMC Center for Telehealth; Assistant Professor, UMMC School of Nursing. “We are firm believers in the power of telehealth to bring more services to even the most remote parts of our state. This accreditation is another assurance to patients, providers, and insurers that telehealth is high-quality care administered in a new way.”
“Achievement of the URAC Telehealth Accreditation seal is a mark of high-performing telehealth providers who believe in and practice excellence,” said Shawn Griffin, M.D., chairman and CEO of URAC.
“Making the effort to become accredited demonstrates an organization’s commitment to quality,” he added. “It’s not an easy process. It challenges you to raise the bar on quality and provide better care to patients.”
“It wasn’t easy, but that’s part of its attraction,” Davis agreed. The process “gave us a chance to see what we were already doing well and the opportunity to improve in other areas.”
URAC’s telehealth standards were developed over several years after close consultations with organizations across the entire health care delivery spectrum. For more information about URAC’s Telehealth Accreditation call 202-326-3973, email BusinessDevelopment@urac.org or visit urac.org.
Founded in 1990, URAC is an independent nonprofit accreditation organization that advances health care quality through leadership, accreditation, measurement and innovation. URAC offers a wide range of quality benchmarking programs that reflect the latest changes in health care and provide a symbol of excellence for organizations to showcase their validated commitment to quality and accountability. URAC’s evidence-based measures and standards are developed through inclusive engagement with a broad range of stakeholders committed to improving the quality of health care.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center, located in Jackson, is the state's only academic health science center. UMMC includes seven health science schools: medicine, nursing, dentistry, health-related professions, graduate studies, population health and pharmacy. (The School of Pharmacy is headquartered on the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford.) Enrollment in all programs is more than 3,000 students.
The Medical Center's three-part mission is to improve the lives of Mississippians by educating tomorrow's health care professionals, by conducting health sciences research and by providing cutting-edge patient care. A major goal of the Medical Center is the elimination of differences in health status of Mississippians based on race, geography, income or social status.