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  • This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Elizabeth Mack about symptoms of influenza (or flu) vs. COVID-19 in children. Dr. Mack is the Division Chief for Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at MUSC Children’s Health, and she’s a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Elizabeth Mack about symptoms of influenza (or flu) vs. COVID-19 in children. Dr. Mack is the Division Chief for Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at MUSC Children’s Health, and she’s a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • As the covid-19 pandemic rages on around the country, here in South Carolina more people are being hospitalized from Covid-19 than at any point since the virus hit last March. That’s leaving clinicians, in some cases, to rely on telehealth to safely reach their patients. This week a national campaign launched called Telehealth Awareness Week. Ann Mond Johnson is chief executive officer of the American Telemedicine Association.“The significance is that this is the first time we’ve raised the attention level across the country around telehealth and made it not just a policy issue but a public issue,” Mond Johnson says. We have to have dialogue about this at the community level...about why this is so important.”Telehealth utilization saw an enormous increase. In 2020, South Carolina Telehealth Alliance partners conducted almost 230,000 virtual urgent care visits in the state. That's an estimated 710-percent increase from 2019.Dr. Rick Foster is a consultant on population health and health equity for the South Carolina Departments of Environmental Control and Health and Human Services.He says telehealth can be very effective in providing a very broad range of both outpatient and inpatient services. “People at all levels need to understand that it can be available to them.” He adds, ”It may in situations that you didn’t even know that you had that available in your community or that certain types of services that you’ve always had to travel a significant distance for, you can actually get in your community.”Mond Johnson adds that it’s that community awareness that increases the potential for advancement of telehealth opportunities. “We all have an important role to play to ensure that telehealth becomes a permanent modality,” she says. “And, our opportunity is to remind our publicly elected officials, both at the federal and state level, that you want to have access to these services even after the public health emergency.”
  • As the covid-19 pandemic rages on around the country, here in South Carolina more people are being hospitalized from Covid-19 than at any point since the virus hit last March. That’s leaving clinicians, in some cases, to rely on telehealth to safely reach their patients. This week a national campaign launched called Telehealth Awareness Week. Ann Mond Johnson is chief executive officer of the American Telemedicine Association.“The significance is that this is the first time we’ve raised the attention level across the country around telehealth and made it not just a policy issue but a public issue,” Mond Johnson says. We have to have dialogue about this at the community level...about why this is so important.”Telehealth utilization saw an enormous increase. In 2020, South Carolina Telehealth Alliance partners conducted almost 230,000 virtual urgent care visits in the state. That's an estimated 710-percent increase from 2019.Dr. Rick Foster is a consultant on population health and health equity for the South Carolina Departments of Environmental Control and Health and Human Services.He says telehealth can be very effective in providing a very broad range of both outpatient and inpatient services. “People at all levels need to understand that it can be available to them.” He adds, ”It may in situations that you didn’t even know that you had that available in your community or that certain types of services that you’ve always had to travel a significant distance for, you can actually get in your community.”Mond Johnson adds that it’s that community awareness that increases the potential for advancement of telehealth opportunities. “We all have an important role to play to ensure that telehealth becomes a permanent modality,” she says. “And, our opportunity is to remind our publicly elected officials, both at the federal and state level, that you want to have access to these services even after the public health emergency.”
  • This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Ashley Hink about efforts to reduce individual and community risks of firearm violence and promote recovery for victims and families. Dr. Hink is a trauma, burn and critical care surgeon and she is the Director of the MUSC Turning the Tide Violence Intervention program.
  • This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Ashley Hink about efforts to reduce individual and community risks of firearm violence and promote recovery for victims and families. Dr. Hink is a trauma, burn and critical care surgeon and she is the Director of the MUSC Turning the Tide Violence Intervention program.
  • This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Craig Lockhart about precautions and recommendations to help cancer patients protect themselves from COVID-19. Dr. Lockhart is the Director of the Division of Hematology and Oncology and he’s the Associate Director for Clinical Science at Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.
  • This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Craig Lockhart about precautions and recommendations to help cancer patients protect themselves from COVID-19. Dr. Lockhart is the Director of the Division of Hematology and Oncology and he’s the Associate Director for Clinical Science at Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.
  • This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Mae Millicent Peterseim about nearsightedness in children. Dr. Peterseim is a Professor of Ophthalmology and the Bruce Pratt Chair for International Ophthalmology at the Storm Eye Institute at MUSC.
  • This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Mae Millicent Peterseim about nearsightedness in children. Dr. Peterseim is a Professor of Ophthalmology and the Bruce Pratt Chair for International Ophthalmology at the Storm Eye Institute at MUSC.