Marina Ziehe

S.C. Emergency Departments Tap Into Tele-Psychiatry for Mental Health Treatment

By Marina 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 a psychiatrist on staff and were not prepared to care for patients with mental health conditions.

Tele-Stroke and Teamwork Go Hand-in-Hand

By Marina 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 areas of South Carolina, do not have a neurologist on staff. In order to increase access to quality stroke care, the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance works with hospitals across the state to implement tele-stroke equipment.

Tele-psychiatry Helps Provide Emergency Mental Health Consultation

By Marina 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 end of the feed is a patient sitting in a private room, which is located at one of the emergency departments in S.C. that provides tele-psychiatry consultations.

Understanding the Difference: Telemedicine and Telehealth

By Marina Ziehe

Rural area of South Carolina with text on top

Telemedicine and telehealth are terms that have been used interchangeably over the years. However, sources indicate that telemedicine can also be identified as a category within telehealth, which, in turn, is much broader.

According to the World Health Organization, telemedicine is a term that originated in the 1970s. It comes from the Latin "medicus" and Greek "tele," which literally translates to "healing at a distance."

Telehealth Involves Much More Than Technology

By Marina Ziehe

Dr. McElligott speaking doing a video conference consultation

While some may be discussing virtual worlds and avatars, or envisioning a stethoscope coming out of the screen of a cellphone, the answer of the pediatrician and medical director of the MUSC’s Center for Telehealth, James McElligott, M.D., regarding the future of telehealth is very simple: “It all circles back to the problem we are trying to solve.”

Q&A| Talking Music Entrepreneurship with Educator, Author and Pianist David Cutler

By Marina Ziehe

David Cutler being interviewed

Last week, Carolina Money spoke with local musicians who are approaching their art in unique ways. Today, we bring to you a longer version of our interview with the director of music entrepreneurship at USC and author of the book "The Savvy Musician," David Cutler.

Questions asked and timecode:

0:05 - What is one of the biggest challenges facing the music industry?

0:49 - So, what happens now?

TD Bank to Distribute 20,000 Books to Local Teachers and Educators

By Marina Ziehe


In partnership with national nonprofit First Book, TD Bank is distributing 20,000 new books to teachers and educators to add to their classroom and school libraries.  Aimed at Pre-K – Young Adults, these books are part of TD's "Banking On Books" program, which is designed to help provide Title 1 schools with new books for the school year. This Columbia event kicks off the first of five events across the TD footprint to give away 140,000 new books in low-income school districts.