Julia Shillinglaw

Free Care Through Telehealth During Hurricane Florence

By Julia Shillinglaw

Palmetto Health Doctor Diagnosing Patients During the Storm Through Telehealth

Thousands of residents on the Carolina coast evacuated ahead of Hurricane Florence, seeking shelter farther inland, in Sumter and Columbia. The hurricane kept some evacuees away from their homes for more than a week.

To expand health care access during the storm, organizations across the state like Palmetto Health made their telehealth services available for free. This allowed patients to stay where they were without getting on the roads, while still consulting with a doctor for medical concerns.

Virtual Healthcare Model Supports Primary Care Doctor in Treating Addictions

By Julia Shillinglaw

MUSC Specialists participating in Project ECHO

"We don’t talk about addiction, we talk about recovery.” Dr. Victor Archambeau is tired of seeing the negative aspects of addiction plastered everywhere. The problem is evident particularly in his area, Horry County, which he says is “ground zero” for SC with over 100 overdose deaths in one year.

S.C. Aiding Global Health Via Telemedicine to Underserved Ugandan Clinic

By Julia Shillinglaw

Residents in Masindi, Uganda.

Most of us who live in the United States have the ability to access some type of medical service. Hopefully, we wouldn’t be faced with the task of walking over 120 miles to receive care. For some people though, that is the only option. In Masindi, Uganda, if you don’t have transportation and have a medical emergency, you may never make it to the clinic in time much less be able to afford the services.

Emergency Mental Health Care Benefits from Telepsychiatry

By Julia Shillinglaw

An EMS and DMH Mobile Crisis Telepsychiatry vehicle.

Seconds count when it comes to a suicidal patient and getting them to the care they need. EMS personnel often find themselves dealing with mental health patients. Because they do not have psychiatry expertise, EMS often has to transport these patients to the ER where they will sit until they can get a correct diagnosis. However, this could take hours and leads to the emergency vehicles being tied up while they may be needed for more urgent needs in their county.

SCTA Work Group Keeping Statewide Telehealth Growth At Its Peak

By Julia Shillinglaw

SCTA IT Work Group

One of the goals for telehealth is to bring care directly to patients in a more convenient way – especially in underserved communities. As rural hospitals close nationwide, the expansion of telehealth services can be a crucial addition to addressing needs in those communities.
 
Since the South Carolina state legislature voted to support the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance (SCTA) with state funding, information technology has been a critical part of their strategic plan in service expansion statewide.
 

SC Impacting Global Health by Bridging Two Worlds To Save Lives

By Julia Shillinglaw

Dr. Godson at Masindi-Kitara Medical Center

Imagine having to walk over 120 miles before you could receive health care. Once you get there, you are told there is no doctor available. This would seem highly improbable for someone living in the United States, but it is quite common in places like Uganda.

Mobile Crisis Fills Gap in Emergency Mental Health Care

By Julia Shillinglaw

EMS Vehicle Prepares to Leave on Call

Every minute counts in an emergency. First responders are trained to arrive at an emergency scene and deliver life-saving treatment as quickly as possible. They’re trained to recognize the difference between a medical emergency and a mental health crisis, because the two scenarios require different modes of treatment.

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