While patients at the Greenwood Genetic Center’s (GGC) Florence site might wait to see a geneticist in person, they now have another choice—to see a geneticist over a secure video conference, or telehealth.
Telehealth gives patients more appointment options to choose from, which could allow them to see a geneticist sooner. In late 2016, GGC began offering telehealth appointments at their Florence site, which has no full-time geneticist. In fact, when it comes to clinical geneticists, South Carolina mirrors geneticist shortages nationwide.
GGC’s plans are to expand and use telehealth beyond the Florence site, and to continue to increase access by meeting the patients wherever they are.