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South Carolina Earns National Honor for Healthcare Transformation

April 29, 2019 - Posted in Telehealth by John Lewis
S.C. Telehealth Alliance wins American Telemedicine Association's President's Award for Transformation of Healthcare Delivery.

South Carolina is being recognized as a leader in the telehealth industry for its commitment to statewide collaboration. The South Carolina Telehealth Alliance (SCTA), which consists of several organizations that work to develop and expand telehealth services, won the...

Doctors Use Telehealth to Save Little Girl's Life

April 22, 2019 - Posted in Telehealth by Julia Shillinglaw
Annie Nichols with Family

When Annie Nichols slipped and hit her head in the garage, her parents, Kelsey and Billy, didn’t think much of it. “It was a bad fall,” Billy said. “She cried, but it wasn’t the worst thing you’ve ever heard.” However, later that day, the four-year-old started to scream in...

Rural Communities Take Center Stage at Telehealth Summit

April 17, 2019 - Posted in Telehealth by John Lewis
Gov. Henry McMaster gives keynote address at 2019 Telehealth Summit.

As hundreds of healthcare providers and administrators settled in to the main ballroom at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, all eyes focused on Bamberg. At the 2019 Telehealth Summit, stories from communities like Bamberg showed how critical telehealth can be to...

Through a Hurricane: Pee Dee Hospital Provides Avenue for Care

April 12, 2019 - Posted in Telehealth by Julia Shillinglaw
Griffin Wilbanks plays catch with Dad.

During Hurricane Florence, one family in Marion, S.C. was experiencing a medical crisis. Stacy Wilbanks and her husband had been waiting for the arrival of the hurricane when their son Griffin came down that morning with a rash covering part of his face. It had previously...

SCDMH Reaches Telepsychiatry Landmark

October 10, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by John Lewis
South Carolina Department of Mental Health has provided 100,000 telepsychiatry consultations since 2009.

The South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH), the largest provider of telemedicine services in South Carolina, has set yet another benchmark in merging technology and quality healthcare, providing its 100,000th psychiatric service via telemedicine. This award-...

Free Care Through Telehealth During Hurricane Florence

September 25, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth 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,...

Governor Expresses Support for Telehealth at Bill Signing

August 20, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by John Lewis
Governor Signing Bill

Before a ceremonial bill signing at the state house, Gov. Henry McMaster said he hopes to see telehealth continue to grow across the state. “I look forward to the day we have total telemedicine in the state, when all the people on their cell phone can have access to medical...

SCTA Work Group Keeping Statewide Telehealth Growth At Its Peak

June 14, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth 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...

Looking Through a Different Lens: Veterans Use Photography to Help Cope with PTSD

June 13, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Thelisha Eaddy
Retired Air Force veteran Eugene DuVall shares the story behind one of her photographs

June is PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month. The mental health problem can develop after a person has been exposed to one or more traumatic events. For members of the military, PTSD can develop because of combat and missions where soldiers were exposed to...

SC Impacting Global Health by Bridging Two Worlds To Save Lives

June 7, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth 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. Dr. Edward O'...

Elder Law Aims to Protect Senior Citizens, those with Special Needs

April 30, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
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May is National Elder Law Month, a time lawyers endeavor to spread the word that their specialty provides legal advocacy, guidance, and services to enhance the lives of seniors and people with disabilities. Columbia elder law attorney Lauren Wasson says there are three...

How Will New Tax Law Affect HSA's?

March 27, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Mike Switzer
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By now, most people have a basic understanding about the new tax law and how it’ll impact their 2018 tax returns. But one area that hasn’t gotten as much attention in local or national news is the new law’s possible effect on Health Savings Accounts. Our next guest says the...

Research about Depression during Medical Education & Training

March 27, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Bobbi Conner
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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Connie Guille about research related to depression during medical education and medical training. Dr. Guille is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC and she was the lead researcher on...

The Opioid Epidemic

March 12, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Bobbi Conner
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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Kathleen Brady about the opioid epidemic. Dr. Brady is a Distinguished University Professor and Vice President for Research at MUSC, and she is the Director of the SC Clinical and Translational Research Institute.

Family Learns Best Health Habits Via Telenutrition

March 5, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by Julia Shillinglaw
Smith Day participates in his telenutrition consult with dietitian Molly Jones from MUSC.

Specialist doctors are scarce in parts of rural South Carolina. For kids in need of a specialist appointment, it can be even more difficult. That’s the dilemma Krissee Day discovered when her son’s doctor recommended nutrition counseling. In their hometown of Pawleys Island...

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