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School Telehealth Leads to Early Detection of Abnormal Cyst

January 15, 2020 - Posted in Telehealth by Julia Shillinglaw
Mya Simmons and her brother Marcus sit in front of the telehealth cart.

Mya Simmons and her brother Marcus love playing outside at their grandmother’s house in Pinewood, S.C. They both also go to school in the area. A visit to the school nurse’s office one day ended up being something more serious for Mya. Lorrie Smart, the telepresenter at the...

Cardiology connection brings convenient care to Hampton family

January 6, 2020 - Posted in Telehealth by John Lewis
Andrea Robinson uses telehealth to see his cardiologist at the primary care clinic close to his home.

Andrea Robinson loves to fish. He and his wife, Sharome, have a favorite spot in Hampton County's Lake Warren. Andrea says a peaceful afternoon on the dock is one of his favorite things about living in a small town. But life in a small town comes with unique challenges...

Tele-specialist visits showcased during Telehealth Awareness Week

November 22, 2019 - Posted in Telehealth by Julia Shillinglaw
Tidelands nurse uses telehealth cart to get the patient connected to a MUSC specialist.

Telehealth Awareness Week (TAW) is an annual observance by proclamation of Governor McMaster highlighting telehealth programs and services available right in our communities, around the state. Everyone deserves access to quality healthcare, regardless of where they live...

Pastor Reunited With Doctor That Changed His Life

November 12, 2019 - Posted in Telehealth by Julia Shillinglaw
Pastor Cox Prays Over Dr. Christine Holmstedt

Pastor Tommy Cox of Georgetown, S.C., and his wife Ginny made a trip to the Medical Univeristy of South Carolina in Charleston to meet Dr. Christine Holmstedt. Cox has wanted to see Dr. Holmstedt in person ever since his stroke in 2017. "I just wanted to hug her neck and...

Rural hospital adds virtual palliative care program

September 23, 2019 - Posted in Telehealth by John Lewis
Dr. Alecia Anyim talks with a patient at MUSC Health Marion Medical Center.

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) bought four rural hospitals in early 2019, including the Carolinas Hospital System medical center in Mullins. Now known as the MUSC Health Marion Medical Center, the small hospital is using telehealth to expand access to...

Free Virtual Care Visits During Hurricane Dorian

September 4, 2019 - Posted in Telehealth by Julia Shillinglaw
McLeod doctor sees patient over telehealth app.

With Hurricane Dorian on a path towards the east coast, many have been ordered to evacuate. Others are preparing for the effects of the storm, as it is predicted to hit South Carolina around Thursday. Finding generators and stocking up on bottled water and food supplies are...

Providers Use Project Echo to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes

August 23, 2019 - Posted in Telehealth by Julia Shillinglaw and John Lewis
MUSC participates in Project Echo

According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control , South Carolina’s maternal mortality rate (24.7 deaths per 100,000 live births during 2013-2017) is more than double the national average. Among nonwhite South Carolinians, that rate is even...

New Technology to Expand Health Care Access in Colleton County Schools

August 16, 2019 - Posted in Telehealth by John Lewis
Dr. Kathryn Cristaldi demonstrates the tele-consult process on the district's new telehealth cart.

A new program at the Colleton County School District will help increase access to quality health care for more than a thousand, according to school district officials. On Thursday, the district announced a new school-based telehealth initiative with the Medical University...

Elderly Patient Uses Technology to Monitor Heart Failure Symptoms

July 23, 2019 - Posted in Telehealth by Julia Shillinglaw
Richard Hollis Uses Telemonitoring Equipment

Richard Hollis can’t move around like he used to. He says it’s a combination of leg injuries and congestive heart failure, which can fill his lungs with fluid and make it hard for him to catch his breath. Congestive heart failure is a chronic condition that occurs when the...

Babyscripts App Provides Convenient Care During Pregnancy

July 3, 2019 - Posted in Telehealth by Julia Shillinglaw
Pregnant mother holding her child.

Grace Balding has a busy schedule every day caring for her toddler as well as preparing for her second baby. She is around 22 weeks pregnant and is a stay-at-home mom. Her and her husband share a vehicle which makes it difficult for Grace to get to her doctor appointments...

Telestroke Aids in Pastor’s Miraculous Recovery

June 13, 2019 - Posted in Telehealth by Julia Shillinglaw
Tommy Cox and his wife walk in Georgetown, SC

Pastor Tommy Cox of Georgetown, S.C., was admitted to Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital following severe chest pains. After the hospital team ruled out a heart attack, the Cox family thought that things were looking better. However, after an endoscopy procedure, Pastor...

Innovation in Pharmacy School Transforming Rural Care

June 11, 2019 - Posted in Telehealth by John Lewis
Dr. James Sterrett speaks to pharmacy student Ryan Rosenblatt through telehealth technology.

Tyler McGee and Ryan Rosenblatt are working toward their doctor of pharmacy degree at the Medical University of South Carolina. As part of their four-year plan, they have to go to clinics to treat patients. This is done with the supervision and guidance of a preceptor: an...

Rural Doctor Using Innovative Care to Connect Community

June 4, 2019 - Posted in Telehealth by Julia Shillinglaw
Dr. McAlhaney examines patient

Bamberg County faces the same economic problems that many other rural counties in our state confront. Much of Bamberg’s struggle has to do with its hospital closing several years ago, which not only took away a major part of the job industry but also affected healthcare...

Dave Garr: South Carolina Telehealth Pioneer Award

June 3, 2019 - Posted in Telehealth by John Lewis
Dr. Dave Garr was named the 2019 Telehealth Pioneer Award winner.

At the 2019 South Carolina Telehealth Summit, Dr. Dave Garr was named the 2019 South Carolina Telehealth Pioneer Award winner. In his tenure working for South Carolina's Area Health Education Consortium, he educated doctors on the importance of telehealth and how to best...

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...

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