Technology

Deaf Resident Strikes the Right Note with Telemedicine

By M. Ziehe

Jermaine sitting on the porch

Jermaine Greene likes tattoos. In total, he has 28. He also loves rap music and says he is a big fan of Spice 1, an American rapper from California. Listening to music is one of his favorite activities. But he can’t hear. He was born deaf and learned sign language at the age of 3 in northern Virginia.

In 1986, he came to the school for the deaf in Spartanburg. He played football, basketball, wrestling and was even on the track team.

Telehealth Supports Patients and Health Systems in Rural State

By M. Ziehe

Emergency Room Sign

Faced with challenges in the area of healthcare, the primarily rural state of South Carolina decided to take action. In 2014, a statewide telehealth network, the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance, was formed to “improve the health of South Carolina's citizens through telehealth." Today, there are more than 200 sites across the state providing telehealth services to the population.

 

We Want to Hear From YOU! Survey Responses Needed

By M. Ziehe

telehealth cart

Over the past 11 months, the SCETV "My Telehealth" team and the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance have been working together to assess, explore, and share the available telehealth resources in South Carolina. Through a series of videos and radio stories, we have been exploring the experiences of patients and providers in South Carolina who are using this method of care.

State of Telehealth in South Carolina

By M. Ziehe

Roundtable discussion at the Summit

Leaders from across South Carolina discussed their perspectives on statewide efforts to advance telehealth as part of the 5th Annual Telehealth Summit of South Carolina, held March 28-30, 2017. 

Specifically, the panel addressed some of the successes and challenges of telehealth, policy and legislative issues, and outcomes from statewide strategic initiatives, along with current and future funding opportunities for telehealth.

Moderator: Will Harms, MD, MBA, Vice President of Medical Affairs, S.C. Blue Cross and Blue Shield 

S.C. Hospital Uses Innovative System to Keep Patients Safe

By M. Ziehe

Telesitter program at Palmetto Health

For many years, healthcare facilities hired “patient sitters” to watch patients at risk for falls or in harmful situations. But hiring a patient sitter for each and every patient at safety risk involved huge costs for the hospital. A local hospital tapped into technology to solve the problem. 

Charter School Has Special Place in Family’s Heart

By M. Ziehe

Charter School Has Special Place in Family’s Heart

Since 2014, a charter school in Charleston has been using telehealth to care for students with multiple disabilities.

Using a computer camera and digital tools, the school nurse Courtenay Read is able to conduct real-time consults with physicians at the Medical University of South Carolina. The virtual consult requires parental consent to be given beforehand, and parents are invited to participate in the appointment. Follow-up notes are sent to the child’s primary care provider for their records and further coordination of care. 

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