Health Technology

S.C. Providers Meet to Teach and Learn Opioid Treatment Lessons

November 17, 2017 - Posted in Telehealth by John Lewis
Dr. Kelly Barth addressing a group of addiction specialists in Florence, South Carolina.

In the midst of a nationwide opioid epidemic, healthcare providers and addiction specialists in South Carolina are coming together to address the crisis head-on. The state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) says 550 South Carolinians died of an overdose...

Charleston Resident Saves Time by Using App to See Doctor

October 30, 2017 - Posted in Telehealth by Julia Shillinglaw
James Wilder takes his dog for a walk outside his home in Charleston, SC.

James Wilder is a social worker in the Charleston area who values his time at work and with his family. When James felt himself coming down with a cold, his wife urged him to see a doctor, but James was reluctant. He didn't want to have to make an appointment, sit in a...

Virtual Exam Offers Convenient Care

October 30, 2017 - Posted in Telehealth by Taylor Crouch
A provider reviews virtual exams.

Across South Carolina, patients can virtually connect to local doctors from their phone, tablet, or computer. These virtual exams are intended to offer patients a convenient and affordable option for their non-emergent needs. Palmetto Health’s SmartExam launched at the end...

Nursing Home Technology Keeps Elderly Patients Out of Hospitals

October 26, 2017 - Posted in Telehealth by John Lewis
Nurse Mary Guillaume assesses Eleanor Grayson at her cottage at the Village at Summerville nursing home.

Doctors are available during normal business hours at most nursing homes. But medical issues can happen at any time, and vulnerable elderly patients still need to be seen as soon as possible. “Before telehealth, we’d have to call the physician, tell them what was going on,...

Technology Is Providing New Skills to South Carolina Medical Residents

October 11, 2017 - Posted in Telehealth by John Lewis
Resident Dr. Sara Khalil uses telehealth to reach patients in their home environment.

The next generation of doctors are studying at the Medical University of South Carolina and many even stay in the area for residency and beyond. Dr. Sara Khalil is one such student. She is months away from graduating the residency program at MUSC/Trident Health in...

Telehealth: Providing Access Across South Carolina

October 2, 2017 - Posted in Telehealth by John Lewis
Telehealth in SC

South Carolina is a state facing many difficulties in the area of health. Poverty, poor access to care, costs, long distances, a shortage of providers, and a history of chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure and high levels of stroke and diabetes, permeate the state...

Virtual Care Delivers New Patient Experience

May 8, 2017 - Posted in Telehealth by Taylor Crouch
Palmetto Health Emergency Center

As patients use technology to seek care outside the traditional walls of a doctor's office or hospital, models for providing healthcare shift. The Director of the Emergency Departments at Palmetto Health , and CEO of the Palmetto Health Quality Collaborative , Dr. William...

Deaf Resident Strikes the Right Note with Telemedicine

April 24, 2017 - Posted in Telehealth by Marina 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...

Telehealth Supports Patients and Health Systems in Rural State

April 21, 2017 - Posted in Telehealth by Marina 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...

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

March 30, 2017 - Posted in Telehealth by Marina 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...

Private Health Network Connects Rural State

March 20, 2017 - Posted in Telehealth by Taylor Crouch
Health clinics connect to private network.

The Palmetto State Providers Network (PSPN) connects hundreds of South Carolina health providers. Through this fiber-based network, sites have higher broadband capabilities, allowing data to flow to and from sites. This HIPAA-compliant infrastructure facilitates statewide...

Primary Care Facility uses Technology to Help Residents Stay Local

March 6, 2017 - Posted in Telehealth by Marina Ziehe
Telehealth equipment at local clinic

A primary care facility in Pawleys Island takes a patient-centered, innovative approach to delivering care. At Pawleys Pediatrics & Adult Medicine, 16-year-old Nichole and her mom, Sheri Blankenship, have seen firsthand the benefits and results of telehealth.

'Whole New World of Healthcare' Comes to SC Elementary School

February 24, 2017 - Posted in Telehealth by Taylor Crouch
Nurse Practitioner trains school nurse on telehealth cart.

Even though school-based telehealth runs on technology, when it comes to training, Nurse Practitioner Kelli Garber from the Medical University of South Carolina says she prefers to train school nurses in person. School-based telehealth allows school nurses to connect to a...

Collaboration Drives Healthcare Innovation in South Carolina

January 13, 2017 - Posted in Telehealth by Marina Ziehe
South Carolina Telehealth Alliance Advisory Council meeting in a conference room

As the healthcare system continues to evolve, collaboration becomes a significant aspect for efficient change. The South Carolina Telehealth Alliance was formed in 2014 to coordinate and facilitate Telehealth efforts across the state. Its mission is to “improve the health...

Unique Medical School Course Examines Telehealth

January 3, 2017 - Posted in Telehealth by Taylor Crouch
Medical Student takes online course.

As a second year medical student, Heyward Mack is passionate about medicine and practicing in his community. When he was younger, his mother was diagnosed with kidney failure. From that moment forward, his success in math and sciences would fuel his passion to study...

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