UMass Memorial Medical Center Receives Funds for Telemedicine
New England Council member UMass Memorial Medical Center has received funds for a pilot telemedicine program to provide mental health services to remote areas of Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) granted the Center almost $500,000 for the telemedicine pilot. HPC Director David Seltz said, “We really focused our opportunity on the most vulnerable populations, and are excited to be able to leverage technology to address some of our biggest policy and public health challenges.”
The HPC funds will allow the Center to reach substance abuse recovery patients remotely. Dr. Alan Brown, vice chair of Adult Psychiatry Clinical Services at UMass Memorial said, “”We have already been able to develop psychiatric programs to help patients in the medical hospital while recovering from overdoses and from substance use and look forward to expanding this with a telemedicine capacity.”
The program is one step towards addressing the inadequate levels of mental health care in certain parts of the state.
The New England Council is proud of UMass Memorial Medical Center’s utilization of telecommunications tools to further expand healthcare access.