The 2023 Telehealth State Champion award was presented to Dr. Kathryn King during the 11th Annual Telehealth Summit of South Carolina held this month in Greenville. This award recognizes an individual champion in the areas of clinical care, education, policy or IT support. The purpose of this award is to recognize individuals who have overcome significant barriers or developed revolutionary processes that benefit the communities they serve in South Carolina.
Dr. King is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and the Chief Medical Information Officer at the Medical University of South Carolina. She led the growth of the school-based telehealth program from 13 schools to more than 80 and was responsible for ensuring that this growth was systematically directed at medically underserved areas of the state with a large chronic disease burden. Dr. King is recognized as a national leader in telehealth contributing to the Pediatric Academic Society Committee as the representative from the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Telehealth Care.
“Dr. King is one of those people that really understands health disparities and understands the landscape of our state and how to take programs that should be available to everybody and make them available and accessible via telehealth,” said Dr. Connie Guille, a reproductive psychiatrist at the Medical University of South Carolina.