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What is Telehealth? Telehealth is the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration.

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Telepsychiatry Plays Critical Role in Residency Training

Feb 17, 2020
A doctor and patient use tele-psychiatry for an appointment.
Taylor Crouch and Marina Ziehe

Dr. Josh Jackson found his calling in medical school, after his first experience with psychiatry.

“I really felt like I could connect with the patients on a different level than I could on some other specialties,” said Jackson.

He’s the chief resident in psychiatry at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, preparing for life after residency training when he’ll be a practicing psychiatrist. He says part of his training involved telehealth, using live video to conduct appointments with patients in remote parts of the state while he stayed in Columbia.

Robinson meeting with his doctor via telehealth.
John Lewis/SCETV

Andrea Robinson is a self-described workaholic. He says he took a lot of pride in his job leading a construction crew. When his doctor told him that he needed to slow down for the sake of his health, he didn’t want to listen.

“I was hard-headed and I kind of overdid it,” Robinson says. “My doctor was concerned for my health and he sent an email to my job and said I couldn’t do it no more.”

North Charleston firefighters station.
Julia Shillinglaw

Edwyn Barnett is a firefighter at the North Charleston Fire Department. He and his team encounter traumatic events on a weekly basis. They never know what to expect or who might have been severely injured or killed. Barnett knows the severity of his job especially after having to respond to the death of one of his own classmates.

Innovation in Pharmacy School Transforms Rural Care

Jan 28, 2020
Dr. James Sterrett teleprecepting with a Pharmacy Student.
John Lewis/SCETV

Ryan Rosenblatt is working toward his doctor of pharmacy degree at the Medical University of South Carolina. As part of the four-year plan, he has to go to clinics to treat patients. This is done with the supervision and guidance of a preceptor: an experienced pharmacist who serves as a mentor and helps students make the right judgment calls for patients.

Florence School Uses Telehealth for Concussion Follow-up Care

Jan 20, 2020
Thomas Woods (center) with his mom, Wendy, and athletic trainer Joe Cauble use telehealth at school to see McLeod sports medicine physicians after Thomas sustained a concussion during football practice.
John Lewis, Julia Shillingshaw/SCETV

Thomas Woods doesn’t remember exactly what happened during Labor Day football practice, but he’ll try to piece it together.

“I remember being on the ground,” Woods says, “and my coach asking me what was wrong and trying to explain that my head was hurting.”

Woods is a starting linebacker for The King’s Academy, a private school in Florence. After the big hit, coach Keith Rogers had teammates drive Thomas home and drop off his truck at his house.

Telehealth Helps Save Child's Life

Jan 17, 2020
Annie Nichols recovers from traumatic brain injur
Julia Shillingshaw/SCETV

Time is crucial for a traumatic brain injury especially for Annie Nichols who was four at the time of her accident. When she slipped and hit her head in the garage, her parents, Kelsey and Billy, didn’t think much of it. “It was a bad fall,” Billy said. “She cried, but it wasn’t the worst thing you’ve ever heard.” But later that day when Annie starting screaming in pain, they immediately rushed her to Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital in Murrells Inlet, where she had to be placed on a breathing machine to hold her airway open.

Pediatric Telehealth Research Supported by Multimillion-Dollar Grant

Jan 8, 2020
Dr. David McSwain leads a group of national providers to centralize pediatric telehealth research.
Tabitha Safdi/SCETV

A group of health care providers including the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) received a $3.6 million grant to support large-scale research for telehealth in pediatric care.

The five-year grant will “support the development of telehealth research efforts, metric development, identification of best practices and the development of collaborative policy and advocacy materials across the country,” MUSC said in a news release.

Virtual Healthcare Model Supports Primary Care Doctor in Treating Addictions

Sep 20, 2018
MUSC Specialists participating in Project ECHO
Julia Shillinglaw/SCETV

“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 overdose deaths in one year.

Experts Say Nurse Practitioner Law to Benefit Underserved Communities

Jul 25, 2018
Nurse practitioner Kelli Garber consults with a patient through telehealth at C.E. Murray High School in Williamsburg County.
Tabitha Safdi/SCETV

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 provide care. Prior to the new law, APRNs had to be within a 45-mile radius of a supervising physician in order to practice.

After-School Nutrition Program Reaches Rural Communities

Jul 18, 2018
Students at Hopkins Elementary School gather for after-school nutrition class taught by DHEC nutrition educators through telehealth.
Julia Shillinglaw/SCETV

Dozens of students participate in an after-school program at Hopkins Elementary School in rural Richland County. After most of their classmates have gone home for the day, these kids go to the library. Plates, pasta shells, and measuring cups are scattered across the tables. And they’re focused on the TV.

Residents in Masindi, Uganda.
Photo provided by OneWorld Health

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 transportation and have a medical emergency, you may never make it to the clinic in time much less be able to afford the services.

Electronic Medical Records Critical for Telehealth

Jul 16, 2018
Michael Haschker leads discussion around new telehealth equipment at the sixth annual Telehealth Summit of South Carolina in Columbia.
Tabitha Safdi/SCETV

As technology changes the way patients and health care providers see each other, it’s also changing how our doctors document our health records.

More practices in South Carolina are using telehealth equipment, allowing clinicians to connect to patients through video. The South Carolina Telehealth Alliance’s Michael Haschker says integrating an electronic medical records system into that equipment is crucial for the success of any telehealth program.

Emergency Mental Health Care Benefits from Telepsychiatry

Jul 2, 2018
An EMS and DMH Mobile Crisis Telepsychiatry vehicle.
Julia Shillinglaw

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 will sit until they can get a correct diagnosis. However, this could take hours and leads to the emergency vehicles being tied up while they may be needed for more urgent needs in their county.

Eleanor Grayson is examined with a telehealth machine in her home at The Village at Summerville.
Tabitha Safdi/SCETV

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 director at The Village at Summerville, says his patients will do better if they stay in their home environment and avoid the hospital whenever they can.

But the doctor can’t be at the facility 24/7, and for years that meant automatic hospital trips for patients that needed to be seen.

Statewide Telehealth Summit Attracts Major Players in Healthcare Industry

Jun 12, 2018
The 6th Annual Telehealth Summit of South Carolina.
Tabitha Safdi/SCETV

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 telehealth on both a national and local level.

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