Matthew J. Rumbaugh is the director of National Network Relations for Telehealth Services at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. He joined the team in October 2015. Prior to UMMC, Matthew was with GEHC Americas for 14 years. Matthew is responsible for building, sustaining and improving professional and business relationships with potential and existing telehealth clients and partners locally and nationally. As well as implementing network strategies with health system senior executives, healthcare industry leaders, business executives and healthcare policy leaders at local, regional and national levels. Matthew earned a BS in Communications and Secondary Education from Point Park University 1993. He held the graduate assistantship in 1997 for the Communications Department and is currently finishing his MBA.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) - Center for Telehealth piloted an advanced healthcare model targeting patients with uncontrolled diabetes living in the Mississippi Delta. The purpose: to evaluate the effect that frequent contact with a multidisciplinary team would have on patients using home-based technology solutions.
Results of the first 100 patients enrolled in the study have shown an average decrease in HbA1c of 1.7%, 70 pounds total weight loss, nine cases of retinopathy were detected, nearly 10,000 miles in travel were saved and no hospital admissions or ER visits for the enrolled patients.
The success of this project led to reimbursement for remote patient monitoring and has prompted UMMC to expand the program to include other chronic diseases. The state will save approximately $189 million each year with the use of RPM. There is a continued focus 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.
Highlight the need for telehealth services in rural communities.
Identify innovative approaches to chronic disease management.
Illustrate the cost-effective benefits of a home-based remote patient monitoring program.