Tuesday, April 9, 2019

UMMC Wants to Trademark "Telemergency"

Will UMMC have exclusive use of the word "Telemergency"? UMMC has made some huge bets on telemedicine as it seeks to bring more health care providers and hospitals under its umbrella through this new-fangled way of practicing medicine.  UMMC filed an application to protect "Telemergency" with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The application states

Healthcare; Wellness consulting services; Providing hospital, clinical, surgical and non-surgical
medical and health care services; Providing medical diagnostic and medical treatment services;
Providing health information; Occupational therapy services; Speech and hearing therapy; Physical
therapy services; Ophthalmology services; Psychiatry be avioral, and mental health services;
Pharmaceutical compounding services
The application will be published for opposition on April 30.  Anyone seeking to contest the application must file within thirty days after it is published for opposition.  More information can be found at the USPTO's website.


Anonymous said...

This HAS to be a joke???

Anonymous said...

No way. The word will have too many practical applications in the world of future technology to be tied up by UMMC. An application from the U. of Mississippi won't be taken seriously without the word "Dixie" in there somewhere anyway.

Anonymous said...

This is a blatant end around excuse for a reason to slash budget and do things on the cheap in rural areas because UMMC is bleeding money and morale. Just another BS attempt by a pathetic excuse of a "university" to make money with little oversight or accountability....unless labor intensive audits are incessantly done....but by the time excessive billing is realized, they will have bilked Medicaid for a billion, lost the data or paperwork....oops! Then they'll settle for a tenth of that.....easy money in Mississippi and no one will say a word.

Anonymous said...

I don’t have any association with UMC but I do applaud their effort to provide basic emergency health to rural Mississippi. If this can earn them a few bucks I’m all for it. If you have a better solution for those areas please let us know.

Anonymous said...

Wow. This will never get approved

Anonymous said...

What UMMC wants is to protect its monopoly of providing telemedicine in Mississippi. Nobody outside of the state gives a rat’s rear end about UMMC.

Anonymous said...

They spent millions changing the name from UMC to UMMC, why does this not surprise me?

Rod Knox said...

Did Mississippi's profitable regional hospitals get together with the state hospital association and UMMC to plan for the best way to cash in on Hillary's victory only to be disappointed by Donald Trump? That's what it looks like here in north Mississippi.

Anonymous said...

Won’t Chockwe want a piece of the action?

Anonymous said...

What about copyrighting the process of dooming a thriving health club? They done did it enough times.

Anonymous said...


Google it

It’s a phone system for older folks

How can ummc claim that?

Anonymous said...

Mergency. Mergenxy. Telemerg. All better candidates.

Anonymous said...

622, take a chill pill and reset your tin foil antennas. This is not something to get that stoked up about. I am sure you have files full of data of UMMC's excessive billing, bulking of Medicaid (for billions??) and data destruction. But realize that those very important files should be put to better use than sitting in your basement under the Cheetos bag while you channel your deep state info on a blog site.

Cool your jets tonight, then take those files to either the US Attorney, or the National Enquiror, tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

I can’t understand why they don’t focus on improving their services and outcomes, rather than forcing themselves on us.

Anonymous said...

I have a note in my billfold and on my phone...it says ‘ in case of an emergency, please do not take me to the MS University Medical Center.

Anonymous said...

It is difficult to break even giving so much free care and accepting Medicaid. It is a very good hospital with excellent doctors.

Madison Doctor said...

Best medical school in the country. Hands down. Only problem is letting nurses train there as fake doctors.

Anonymous said...

Hahaha @5:52 UMMC only uses nurse practitioners for telemedicine— doctors are a way of the past.

Anonymous said...

Why is a state entity created to train doctors filing for a trademark?

Yet the latest instance of how UMMC is out of control.

Our “conservative” government tolerates, encourages, a state entity competing with private hospitals for business, because hey, lower taxes!

Anonymous said...

And I only wished I was smart enough to capture one or two early domains... like gm.com... or xerox.com...

Anonymous said...

UMMC's goal is to monopolize the medical industry in Mississippi, at the tax payers expense.

There is a historical pattern of this quasi-government entity competing against private companies and putting them out of business.

They are on a mission to remove competition in a number of areas (see telemedicine, emergency transport, etc). The courthouse gym "gift" takeover, and failure, was silly.

I'm sick and tired of UMMC being a government monopoly in healthcare in the name of "research". And the legislature bends over backward to let it happen.

If they want to copyright common verbiage, fight private companies, hire teams of lobbyists, AND make profit, they should do so without the taxpayer floating their cash for operations.

Anonymous said...

I would love to see a study about the impact of NPs on the cost of healthcare. While they my be cheaper to see, they refer to specialists more often and are marketed to by pharmaceutical companies and write branded and more expensive medications and order more unnecessary tests. Do yourself a favor, find a doctor to take care of youself if you have more than a runny nose.

Rod Knox said...

Well as for me 10:42, I have a tattoo on my forearm that says IN CASE OF EMERGENCY GET ME TO BIRMINGHAM.

Anonymous said...

1:47, I have a license plate on the back of my car that says I left Mississippi a long time ago. No regrets!

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

The level of training and knowledge of a nurse practitioner is a damn joke. They have no business being in a clinic on their own or writing controlled meds beyond lomotil and codiene for cough. The level of absolute arrogance coupled with stupidly is magnanimous in their ranks.

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