Connect2HealthFCC Task Force Beyond the Beltway Series: Jackson, Mississippi

9:30 am - 6:00 pm EST
Jackson, Mississippi

The FCC's Connect2Health Task Force participated in a series of broadband health technology events during a two-day visit to Mississippi. The Task Force was joined by Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. The meetings, conferences, site visits, and FCC-hosted forum are part of the Task Force's “Beyond the Beltway Series” to leverage broadband technologies and next-generation communications services to improve access to health care services regardless of socio-economic background or geographic location. 

While in Mississippi, the Task Force gathered information and data about broadband connectivity, health care access, and telehealth capabilities in rural and underserved parts of the state, and met with a broad range of stakeholders, including clinicians, state and local officials, industry groups, innovators, civic organizations, and consumers/patients in Mississippi. The visit also included meetings with the Governor of Mississippi, Phil Bryant; the state’s senior epidemiologist, Dr. Paul Byers; Chief Telehealth & Innovation Officer for the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), Dr. Kristi Henderson; and Russell Bennet, Interim Associate Dean of the Jackson State University School of Health Sciences. The UMMC hosted Commissioner Clyburn and the Task Force during much of their visit in Mississippi, and demonstrated the capabilities of their Center for Telehealth, and the recently launched Diabetes Telehealth Network, a new telehealth program that provides life-changing assistance to diabetes patients in the Mississippi Delta. The FCC also hosted a forum at the Jackson Medical Mall on the transformative power of broadband and public health.

Day 1 Agenda: December 2, 2014

Roundtable @ University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) Center for Telehealth

  • Introductions and Opening Remarks
    • Dr. James P. Keeton, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs; Dean, School of Medicine, UMMC
    • Mignon L. Clyburn, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
    • P. Michele Ellison, FCC Deputy General Counsel & Chair, Connect2HealthFCC Task Force
  • UMMC Center for Telehealth Overview & Demonstration
    • Dr. Kristi Henderson, Chief Telehealth & Innovation Officer, UMMC
  • A Focus on Outcomes and Data: Broadband-Enabled Telehealth in Mississippi
    • Dr. Richard Summers, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, UMMC

Mississippi Broadband Connect Coalition (MBCC) Summit – Jackson Convention Center

  • Welcoming Remarks
    • The Honorable Phil Bryant, Governor, Mississippi
    • Jim Barksdale, Chair, Mississippi Broadband Connect Coalition
  • Keynote Addresses
    • Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
    • Scott Woods, Senior Communications Program Specialist and Federal Program Officer, Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, National Telecommunications and Information Administration
  • Live Demonstration: Broadband-Enabled Telehealth Solutions in Mississippi
    • Dr. Kristi Henderson, Chief Telehealth & Innovation Officer, UMMC
  • Additional agenda information and a complete participants list is available from MBCC

Inaugural Mississippi Telehealth Association Conference (MTHA) – Jackson Convention Center

  • Conference Participants
    • William Ray, Chair, MTHA
    • Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
    • Dr. M. Chris Gibbons, Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, Connect2HealthFCC Task Force
    • Dr. Kristi Henderson, Exec. Director, MTHA; Chief Telehealth & Innovation Officer, UMMC
    • Dr. Craig Orgeron, Exec. Director, Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services
    • Vicki Helfrich, Exec. Officer, Mississippi Wireless Communication Commission
    • Dr. Ruth Fredericks, Neuro Oncologist, Medical Dir. of Primary Stroke Center, St. Dominic Hosp.
    • Dr. Karissa Price, Chief Marketing Officer, Care Innovations
    • Austin White, Chief Operating Officer, MD Health
  • Additional conference participants and agenda information are available from MTHA

Broadband and Telehealth in Action: UMMC Tele-ER Operations and Mississippi MEDCOM

  • Conference Participants
    • Stephen Houck, Manager, Mississippi MED-COM
    • Dr. Damon Darsey, Director- MED-COM
    • Dr. Alan Jones, Chairman, Emergency Medicine
    • Donna Norris, Clinical Director, Emergency Services
    • Marshall Burgess- Technical Manager, Mississippi MED-COM
    • Melissa King, Director of Telemergency

FCC staff live tweeted the event at Jackson State University from @FCC, using #FCCConnect2Health and #C2HFCC.

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