By David Pittman, Politico
Mississippi has a sickly reputation.
The Magnolia State ranks at or near the bottom in most health rankings. Worst infant mortality and most kids born with low birth weight. Second-to-highest rate of obesity and cancer deaths; second from the last in diabetes outcomes.
But the state is a leader in one aspect of health care: telemedicine. The state’s only academic hospital has remote connections with 165 sites, providing specialized services to some of the state’s most far-flung, medically deprived cities and towns.