Health

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

By M. 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 solve the problem. 

Charter School Has Special Place in Family’s Heart

By M. Ziehe

Charter School Has Special Place in Family’s Heart

Since 2014, a charter school in Charleston has been using telehealth to care for students with multiple disabilities.

Using a computer camera and digital tools, the school nurse Courtenay Read is able to conduct real-time consults with physicians at the Medical University of South Carolina. The virtual consult requires parental consent to be given beforehand, and parents are invited to participate in the appointment. Follow-up notes are sent to the child’s primary care provider for their records and further coordination of care. 

Sleep and a Healthy Brain

By P.A. Bennett

Sleep brain connection

How often do you jump out of bed in the morning refreshed, wide awake, and ready to go? If you’re like most of us, it’s probably not often enough.  It happened to me this morning. I was shocked and amazed. Got me to wondering, what did I do right last night, so that I feel so good this morning? I obviously got a good night’s sleep, so how do I keep that up?

And if you’re concerned about your brain health, The Global Council on Brain Health says regular, quality sleep is of the utmost importance to a healthy brain as we age.  The council makes the following recommendations:

SC Resident Uses Virtual Sleep Clinic for Good Night's Sleep

By M. Ziehe

Sleep Study

Originally from Massachusetts, Catherine Locatis has been living in South Carolina for over 30 years. Due to poor sleep quality, Locatis decided to get tested to see what was causing the problem. Through telehealth, she connected to Singular Sleep, a health startup in Charleston, founded by Dr. Joseph Krainin.

The views expressed in this video do not necessarily reflect those of South Carolina ETV.

Frequent Patients See Doctor by Video for Rare Digestive Disorder

By T. Crouch

The Mannings make pizza.

Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EOE) is a life altering and rare digestive disorder.

Dr. Jonathan Markowitz, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Greenville Health System, describes the condition as an extensive food allergy. He says while the condition is rare, he sees hundreds of patients in the Southeast, some who seek him out because of his interest and research in the disorder. Additionally, the patients who see him make frequent visits, as the diagnosis can be tedious.

Sonographers Expand Training Using Telehealth

By M. Ziehe

Sonograher uses Echo to read heart

In the Pee Dee region of South Carolina, a group of heart sonographers meet once a quarter for continuing education classes. Originally provided in-house, the training later expanded to encompass videoconferencing technology. Through telehealth, area sonographers in remote locations can connect to the host site, McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, to gain valuable knowledge and experience.

South Carolina Uses Telehealth To Fill Healthcare Gaps

Provider demonstrates how she uses a telehealth cart.

In 2013, the South Carolina Legislature provided funds to expand healthcare services through Telehealth. The funding ultimately formed the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance. Several agencies form the Alliance, and among the agencies is the Department of Health and Human Services. They provide funds and oversight each year, in order to increase access to care for all residents.

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