Health

Telepsychiatry Making a Difference in Patient's Life

December 5, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by Marina Ziehe
Brenda smiling and looking at the camera

"She keeps me young, she really does," says the 70-year-old Myrtle Beach resident Michael Purvis. Purvis is the father of Brenda, a 27 year-old young lady who has Down Syndrome, a genetic condition in which the person is born with an extra chromossome. A little over two...

Telehealth Research Aims to Improve Women's Health in Rural South Carolina

November 28, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by Marina Ziehe
Woman walking in a rural area

The Women's Health Research Team was founded in January 2013 at the College of Charleston. This team uses a multi- and interdisciplinary approach to women’s health research, "drawing from the behavioral and clinical science, communication, and social marketing fields." In...

Distance Education Helps Providers Treat Patients for Hepatitis C

November 17, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by Marina Ziehe
Dr. Ahuja and Caroline Derrick teaching the tele-infectious disease course

Telehealth is not all about seeing a patient on a computer screen to treat his or her condition; the clinical side is just one component of telehealth. An integral component of telehealth is distance education, which refers to situations in which the instructor and learner...

"My Life Was Given Back to Me," Says Telestroke Patient

November 14, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by Taylor Crouch
"My family is my everything," says stroke survivor Tracy Plush.

Tracy Plush suffered a stroke two days before her fiftieth birthday, leaving her to celebrate in the hospital. On her lunch break, as a 9-1-1 dispatcher, her arm went numb and her speech became slurred. She knew she was having a stroke because she remembered reading about...

Home Telehealth for Diabetes Transforms Man's Life

November 8, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by Marina Ziehe
Randall Smalls listening to music on his headphones.

Randall Smalls found out he had diabetes later in his adulthood. "I always had the symptoms like blurry vision, dehydration, and tiredness. You get the symptoms and don’t pay attention to it," Smalls said. Approximately 1 in 6 African Americans in South Carolina has...

Veteran Uses Home-Based Telehealth for PTSD Treatment

November 3, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by Taylor Crouch
Darling working on his farm in the low country of South Carolina

After serving in the Army with multiple tours abroad, Jon Darling now spends his days on his farm in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. He works with multiple organizations that connect veterans with small farms. He does it for the work, the cause, and the community. Since...

Telehealth Offers Unique Simulation Training for Emergency Responders

November 1, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by Taylor Crouch
EMS doing simulation training

For emergency medical professionals, training is vital. Every month, EMS professionals are required to train and maintain certifications. The Medical University of South Carolina and the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium offer a unique simulation training...

Fashion and Breast Cancer Awareness Merge at Lexington Luncheon

October 27, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Kaitlyn Park
woman modeling at Fashion for a Cure luncheon

Eight years ago, breast cancer first significantly touched the life of Candy Sansbury and her sister Cindy Chambers. “Our mother was diagnosed with breast cancer around the same time as one of our employees and one of our best friends,” Sansbury remembers. “We brainstormed...

Telehealth Expands Health Education with Diabetes Self-Management Course

October 27, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by Taylor Crouch
Ricky riding his motorcycle

South Carolina ranks 7th highest in the nation in the percent of adult population with diabetes, according to the Department of Health and Environment Control . Since 2015, the Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence , the Lowcountry Area Health Education Center and...

Third-Year Medical Student Practices Telehealth During Psychiatric Rotation

October 25, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by Marina Ziehe
Christine Sawda working on her hospital rotation

Christine Sawda came from Virginia to South Carolina to go to medical school at MUSC . After completing two years of textbook education in medicine, she is excited about entering her third year, which means “rotations.” In medical education, a rotation (or clerkship) refers...

Telehealth Brings Comfort and “Peace of Mind” to Family in Johnsonville, SC

October 20, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by Marina Ziehe
Jacob's favorite football team

Kim Coker, a native of Johnsonville, S.C., recalls the numerous times she had to take her son Jacob to the psychiatrist in Charleston, S.C. A one-way travel time of about two hours and a half to Charleston was tough. The time spent traveling was not the only issue. Her son...

Elementary School Uses Telehealth to Enhance Student Care

October 17, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by Marina Ziehe
Student Visiting School Nurse through Telehealth

Hemingway Elementary is a school located in the town of Hemingway in Williamsburg County, South Carolina. The school is situated in a typically rural setting with open swaths of land, hay fields, few homes, and two-lane highways. Just as in many other rural areas of South...

S.C. Emergency Departments Tap Into Tele-Psychiatry for Mental Health Treatment

October 13, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by Marina Ziehe
Patient in the emergency room having a tele-psychiatry consultation (simulation)

South Carolina was deeply impacted by mental health budget cuts in recent years. Patients seeking mental health treatment would have to wait long hours in hospital emergency departments (EDs) for psychiatric exams. Many hospitals, especially in rural locations, did not have...

Tele-Stroke and Teamwork Go Hand-in-Hand

October 3, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by Marina Ziehe
Dr. Metha providing telehealth.

A stroke is a "brain attack." It occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. It can happen to anyone at any time. In South Carolina, thousands of people die from stroke every year. The problem is aggravated by the fact that many hospitals, especially in rural...

International Group Focuses on Brain Health

September 19, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by P.A. Bennett
Brain health

Our conversation about what you can do to keep your brain healthy continues. In this next segment, we introduce you to The Global Council on Brain Health. And Dr. Barbara Bendlin, Associate Professor-University of Wisconsin, talks with us about why dancing may be the...

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