Telehealth Increases Access to Care in South Carolina

By M. Ziehe and T. Crouch

Doctor working with patient

Due to combined efforts, South Carolina is now on the edge of a new frontier in health care. Telehealth offers new ways of delivering care through the use of video and audio technologies. 

The South Carolina Telehealth Alliance, a collaboration of academic medical centers, community hospitals and providers, existing telemedicine systems, government leaders, and other entities believes that all South Carolina residents should and can have access to quality health care.


Medical Trainees Use Telehealth in Psychiatry Residency

By T. Crouch

Residents demonstrate how they use telehealth in their medical training.

“In psychiatry, there’s that big part, what we call the therapeutic alliance, being able to interact with the patient, being able to make the patient feel comfortable, make that eye contact,” says Isabella Adjinah, a child and adolescent psychiatry fellow at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.

Collaboration Drives South Carolina Health Providers

Ed Spencer demonstrates the Telepsychiatry program's high definition technology for video conferencing.

“I get lots of calls from other states.”

Ed Spencer at the South Carolina Department of Mental Health says it is not uncommon for programs across the nation to seek advice on expanding their access to care, specifically in regards to telepsychiatry in rural areas.

“They look on the Internet, like we all do, and they find our program. They call and say, ‘you know South Carolina is a small state.’ They don’t say ‘poor.’ They say, ‘don’t you lack resources?’ We know what that means.”

Telehealth Involves Much More Than Technology

By M. Ziehe

Dr. McElligott speaking doing a video conference consultation

While some may be discussing virtual worlds and avatars, or envisioning a stethoscope coming out of the screen of a cellphone, the answer of the pediatrician and medical director of the MUSC’s Center for Telehealth, James McElligott, M.D., regarding the future of telehealth is very simple: “It all circles back to the problem we are trying to solve.”

We Need Your Help! Telehealth Survey Responses Needed

By T. Crouch

Doctor and Computer

South Carolina ETV and the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance are working together to assess, explore, and share the available telehealth resources in South Carolina. Every day, doctors, patients, and researchers are using telehealth to provide care throughout the state. Looking to meet the needs of the patients where they are, more doctors are realizing the need to look at healthcare in a 21st century way. Telehealth is where technology and healthcare intersect. The goal is to improve a patient’s health by delivering real-time care, by medically trained physicians, from a distance.