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Legislators Talk Telehealth in South Carolina

By Taylor Crouch

Telehealth Awareness Week

Legislators from across South Carolina talk telehealth at the Telehealth Awareness Week press conference. Listen to Senator Thomas Alexander and Representatives Murrell Smith and Katie Arrington.

Private Health Network Connects Rural State

By Taylor Crouch

Health clinics connect to private network.

The Palmetto State Providers Network (PSPN) connects hundreds of South Carolina health providers. Through this fiber-based network, sites have higher broadband capabilities, allowing data to flow to and from sites. This HIPAA-compliant infrastructure facilitates statewide telehealth efforts, as this type of technology relies on a strong network connection.

Frequent Patients See Doctor by Video for Rare Digestive Disorder

By Taylor Crouch

The Mannings make pizza.

Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EOE) is a life altering and rare digestive disorder.

Dr. Jonathan Markowitz, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Greenville Health System, describes the condition as an extensive food allergy. He says while the condition is rare, he sees hundreds of patients in the Southeast, some who seek him out because of his interest and research in the disorder. Additionally, the patients who see him make frequent visits, as the diagnosis can be tedious.

South Carolina Uses Telehealth To Fill Healthcare Gaps

By Taylor Crouch

Provider demonstrates how she uses a telehealth cart.

In 2013, the South Carolina Legislature provided funds to expand healthcare services through Telehealth. The funding ultimately formed the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance. Several agencies form the Alliance, and among the agencies is the Department of Health and Human Services. They provide funds and oversight each year, in order to increase access to care for all residents.

Student Athlete uses Telehealth to Meet Nutrition Goals

By Taylor Crouch

Micah, 11 years old, enjoys sharing his passion for football with his family.

At eleven years old, Micah has been interested in sports for most of his life.

"Ever since he was two years old, I would have to buy him his own helmet and he would walk around with it all the time," said Felicia Maine, Micah's mother.

With practice, games, and growth spurts, Felicia and Micah went to their long time pediatrician, Dr. James Simmons from All Children's Pediatrics, for advice. Maine says, it is not because they were unhealthy, but that they wanted to stay on track and develop good habits, considering Micah's rigorous practice schedule as he gets older.

Comforting Care: Family Uses Telehealth at Home for Baby in Hospice

By Taylor Crouch

Baby Jed with Dad

Abby and Richard Feistel describe their family through their Christian faith and roots in the south.

“Blessed for sure,” says Richard Feistel, describing his children.

They have three daughters and a son, filling their home with tiny voices, laughter, and sounds of lots of toys. Both youngest children have special needs. And the youngest, Jedidiah "Jed", was not expected to survive birth having a bladder obstruction, small lungs, and a high chance of failed kidneys.

"My Life Was Given Back to Me," Says Telestroke Patient

By Taylor 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 stroke symptoms in a pamphlet she found in a doctor’s office.

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