MU Health Care seeks more connected care in mid-Missouri, better telehealth

The top executives of the University of Missouri System and University of Missouri Health Care discussed plans Wednesday for improving connections between medical centers in mid-Missouri, providing more in-home care and opening two new clinics in the area.

MU Health Care CEO Jonathan Curtright and UM System President Mun Choi presented their vision at a UM System Board of Curators meeting.

Their plans include:

Connected health care

Curtwright said MU Health Care seeks to create “an integrated, academic health system” by connecting with health care providers like the Capital Region Medical Center, Bothwell Regional Health Center, Hannibal Regional Healthcare System and Lake Regional Health System.

Electronic record-sharing already in use will facilitate that, he said.

New clinics

Two new primary-care clinics will open in Columbia in the next two years, Curtwright said, providing increased access to care in the city.

Telehealth

Curtwright said the health system’s efforts around telehealth were between their infancy and adolescence. He said improvements to telehealth delivery will benefit patients and facilitate the training of physicians.

“We want to be one of the leaders in telemedicine here,” Curtright said.

Read more: Columbia Missourian


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