Telehealth

SCDMH Reaches Telepsychiatry Landmark

October 10, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by John Lewis
South Carolina Department of Mental Health has provided 100,000 telepsychiatry consultations since 2009.

The South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH), the largest provider of telemedicine services in South Carolina, has set yet another benchmark in merging technology and quality healthcare, providing its 100,000th psychiatric service via telemedicine. This award-...

Free Care Through Telehealth During Hurricane Florence

September 25, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by Julia Shillinglaw
Palmetto Health Doctor Diagnosing Patients During the Storm Through Telehealth

Thousands of residents on the Carolina coast evacuated ahead of Hurricane Florence, seeking shelter farther inland, in Sumter and Columbia. The hurricane kept some evacuees away from their homes for more than a week. To expand health care access during the storm,...

Virtual Healthcare Model Supports Primary Care Doctor in Treating Addictions

September 20, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by Julia Shillinglaw
MUSC Specialists participating in Project ECHO

"We don’t talk about addiction, we talk about recovery.” Dr. Victor Archambeau is tired of seeing the negative aspects of addiction plastered everywhere. The problem is evident particularly in his area, Horry County, which he says is “ground zero” for SC with over 100...

Outdoorsman Credits Telehealth in his Recovery from Serious Hunting Accident

September 4, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by Julia Shillinglaw
Chapmans sit on a homemade swing taking in their view on Wadmalaw Island.

The Chapmans enjoy living on Wadmalaw Island where they hunt, fish, and do just about anything outdoors. Steve Chapman calls it a paradise. After retirement, he planned on taking it easy on their little island back in the woods. However, after a hunting accident, everything...

Governor Expresses Support for Telehealth at Bill Signing

August 20, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by John Lewis
Governor Signing Bill

Before a ceremonial bill signing at the state house, Gov. Henry McMaster said he hopes to see telehealth continue to grow across the state. “I look forward to the day we have total telemedicine in the state, when all the people on their cell phone can have access to medical...

He's Not the Same Kid: How Telehealth Changed a Student's Life

August 17, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by John Lewis
School-based telehealth program in Williamsburg County gets student's asthma under control.

Timothy struggled in school. A freshman at C.E. Murray High School in Williamsburg County, he was reserved and inattentive in class. But he had a much bigger problem out of the classroom: severe, poorly-controlled asthma. “In over 20 years of pediatric practice, he is...

Experts Say Nurse Practitioner Law to Benefit Underserved Communities

July 25, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by Tabitha Safdi
Nurse practitioner Kelli Garber consults with a patient through telehealth at C.E. Murray High School in Williamsburg County.

A new law that went into effect July 1 drastically changed the way advanced practice nurses can provide care in South Carolina. Senate Bill 345, which Gov. Henry McMaster signed into law earlier this year, eliminated the 45-mile limit for advanced practice nurses (APRNs) to...

Statewide Telehealth Summit Spotlights South Carolina's Success

July 18, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by John Lewis
Telehealth Summit of South Carolina

Each year, Palmetto Care Connections hosts an Annual Telehealth Summit of South Carolina. 2018 marks the sixth annual summit. The summit brings together providers, payers, and policy makers. During the summit, major players in healthcare recognize wins and discuss...

S.C. Aiding Global Health Via Telemedicine to Underserved Ugandan Clinic

July 16, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by Julia Shillinglaw
Residents in Masindi, Uganda.

Most of us who live in the United States have the ability to access some type of medical service. Hopefully, we wouldn’t be faced with the task of walking over 120 miles to receive care. For some people though, that is the only option. In Masindi, Uganda, if you don’t have...

Emergency Mental Health Care Benefits from Telepsychiatry

July 2, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by Julia Shillinglaw
An EMS and DMH Mobile Crisis Telepsychiatry vehicle.

Seconds count when it comes to a suicidal patient and getting them to the care they need. EMS personnel often find themselves dealing with mental health patients. Because they do not have psychiatry expertise, EMS often has to transport these patients to the ER where they...

Technology Brings Doctors Directly to Nursing Home Residents

June 15, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by John Lewis
Eleanor Grayson is examined with a telehealth machine in her home at The Village at Summerville.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 16,000 South Carolinians lived in nursing homes in 2015. Some nursing home residents can still be mostly independent, while others require constant care. Dr. Russ Blackwelder, the associate medical...

SCTA Work Group Keeping Statewide Telehealth Growth At Its Peak

June 14, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by Julia Shillinglaw
SCTA IT Work Group

One of the goals for telehealth is to bring care directly to patients in a more convenient way – especially in underserved communities. As rural hospitals close nationwide, the expansion of telehealth services can be a crucial addition to addressing needs in those...

SC Impacting Global Health by Bridging Two Worlds To Save Lives

June 7, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by Julia Shillinglaw
Dr. Godson at Masindi-Kitara Medical Center

Imagine having to walk over 120 miles before you could receive health care. Once you get there, you are told there is no doctor available. This would seem highly improbable for someone living in the United States, but it is quite common in places like Uganda. Dr. Edward O'...

Behind the Scenes: The Production of 'My Telehealth' at C E Murray High School

May 29, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by Tabitha Safdi
My Telehealth Team

Driving two hours from Columbia, John Lewis and Julia Shillinglaw set out to get a glimpse of what school-based telehealth is like in rural Greeleyville, South Carolina. They arrive at C E Murray High School and meet with the school telepresenter, Lynn Floyd. This story is...

Telehealth Keeps Young Player on the Soccer Field

May 23, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by John Lewis
12-year-old Justin Ruiz makes a save during soccer practice. Ruiz suffers from sickle cell disease.

Sickle cell disease is a blood disease that can affect every organ in the body. It's an inherited and incurable condition, but it can be treated and managed. Sickle cell patients, like 12-year-old Justin Ruiz of Hilton Head Island, also have an increased risk of stroke...

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