Telehealth

Distance Education Helps Providers Treat Patients for Hepatitis C

November 17, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by M. 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 T. 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 M. 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 T. 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 T. 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...

Telehealth Expands Health Education with Diabetes Self-Management Course

October 27, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by T. 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 Enviroment Control . Since 2015, the Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence , the Lowcountry Area Health Education Center and Palmetto...

Third-Year Medical Student Practices Telehealth During Psychiatric Rotation

October 25, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by M. 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 M. 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 M. 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 M. 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 M. 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...

Home Telehealth Empowers Patients to Take Care of Their Own Health

September 12, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by M. Ziehe
Caroline Wallinger discusses patients' readings and strategies during a weekly phone call.

“Diabetes is not a disease that you manage in the clinic alone. You see a doctor maybe every 3 months, and you see them for about 10-20 minutes. That’s not going to take care of your diabetes. You need to take care of it at your own home,” says Dr. Leonard Egede with the...

Behind the Scenes of a 'My Telehealth' Video Production

August 25, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by T. Safdi
Producers film story of patient in school

Something familiar catches my eye on the right side of the road. In these early morning travels through rural South Carolina, there's something exciting about seeing fields of hay, corn, and other green things unidentifiable through the car window. Almost two hours from...

Tele-psychiatry Helps Provide Emergency Mental Health Consultation

August 17, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by M. Ziehe
Dr. Ratliff interacts with patient during a tele-psych consultation (simulation)

“Hello, I’m Dr. Ratliff, can you tell me your name please?” The psychiatrist Brenda Ratliff asks on a computer screen. Sitting in her office, in Aiken, S.C., Dr. Ratliff asks questions and listens carefully to the patient's feelings and needs via a video link. At the other...

Telehealth Increases Access to Care in South Carolina

August 16, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by M. Ziehe and T. Crouch
Doctor working with patient

Due to combined efforts, South Carolina is now on the edge of a new frontier in health care. Telehealth offers new ways of delivering care through the use of video and audio technologies. The South Carolina Telehealth Alliance, a collaboration of academic medical centers,...

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