Health Technology

S.C. Hospital Uses Innovative System to Keep Patients Safe

March 30, 2017 - Posted in Telehealth by Marina Ziehe
Telesitter program at Palmetto Health

For many years, healthcare facilities hired “patient sitters” to watch patients at risk for falls or in harmful situations. But hiring a patient sitter for each and every patient at safety risk involved huge costs for the hospital. A local hospital tapped into technology to...

Private Health Network Connects Rural State

March 20, 2017 - Posted in Telehealth 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...

Primary Care Facility uses Technology to Help Residents Stay Local

March 6, 2017 - Posted in Telehealth by Marina Ziehe
Telehealth equipment at local clinic

A primary care facility in Pawleys Island takes a patient-centered, innovative approach to delivering care. At Pawleys Pediatrics & Adult Medicine, 16-year-old Nichole and her mom, Sheri Blankenship, have seen firsthand the benefits and results of telehealth.

'Whole New World of Healthcare' Comes to SC Elementary School

February 24, 2017 - Posted in Telehealth by Taylor Crouch
Nurse Practitioner trains school nurse on telehealth cart.

Even though school-based telehealth runs on technology, when it comes to training, Nurse Practitioner Kelli Garber from the Medical University of South Carolina says she prefers to train school nurses in person. School-based telehealth allows school nurses to connect to a...

Collaboration Drives Healthcare Innovation in South Carolina

January 13, 2017 - Posted in Telehealth by Marina Ziehe
South Carolina Telehealth Alliance Advisory Council meeting in a conference room

As the healthcare system continues to evolve, collaboration becomes a significant aspect for efficient change. The South Carolina Telehealth Alliance was formed in 2014 to coordinate and facilitate Telehealth efforts across the state. Its mission is to “improve the health...

Unique Medical School Course Examines Telehealth

January 3, 2017 - Posted in Telehealth by Taylor Crouch
Medical Student takes online course.

As a second year medical student, Heyward Mack is passionate about medicine and practicing in his community. When he was younger, his mother was diagnosed with kidney failure. From that moment forward, his success in math and sciences would fuel his passion to study...

Telepsychiatry Making a Difference in Patient's Life

December 5, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by Marina Ziehe
Brenda smiling and looking at the camera

"She keeps me young, she really does," says the 70-year-old Myrtle Beach resident Michael Purvis. Purvis is the father of Brenda, a 27 year-old young lady who has Down Syndrome, a genetic condition in which the person is born with an extra chromossome. A little over two...

Telehealth Research Aims to Improve Women's Health in Rural South Carolina

November 28, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by Marina Ziehe
Woman walking in a rural area

The Women's Health Research Team was founded in January 2013 at the College of Charleston. This team uses a multi- and interdisciplinary approach to women’s health research, "drawing from the behavioral and clinical science, communication, and social marketing fields." In...

Distance Education Helps Providers Treat Patients for Hepatitis C

November 17, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by Marina Ziehe
Dr. Ahuja and Caroline Derrick teaching the tele-infectious disease course

Telehealth is not all about seeing a patient on a computer screen to treat his or her condition; the clinical side is just one component of telehealth. An integral component of telehealth is distance education, which refers to situations in which the instructor and learner...

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

November 14, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth 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...

Home Telehealth for Diabetes Transforms Man's Life

November 8, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by Marina Ziehe
Randall Smalls listening to music on his headphones.

Randall Smalls found out he had diabetes later in his adulthood. "I always had the symptoms like blurry vision, dehydration, and tiredness. You get the symptoms and don’t pay attention to it," Smalls said. Approximately 1 in 6 African Americans in South Carolina has...

Veteran Uses Home-Based Telehealth for PTSD Treatment

November 3, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by Taylor Crouch
Darling working on his farm in the low country of South Carolina

After serving in the Army with multiple tours abroad, Jon Darling now spends his days on his farm in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. He works with multiple organizations that connect veterans with small farms. He does it for the work, the cause, and the community. Since...

Telehealth Offers Unique Simulation Training for Emergency Responders

November 1, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by Taylor Crouch
EMS doing simulation training

For emergency medical professionals, training is vital. Every month, EMS professionals are required to train and maintain certifications. The Medical University of South Carolina and the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium offer a unique simulation training...

Telehealth Expands Health Education with Diabetes Self-Management Course

October 27, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by Taylor Crouch
Ricky riding his motorcycle

South Carolina ranks 7th highest in the nation in the percent of adult population with diabetes, according to the Department of Health and Environment Control . Since 2015, the Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence , the Lowcountry Area Health Education Center and...

Third-Year Medical Student Practices Telehealth During Psychiatric Rotation

October 25, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by Marina Ziehe
Christine Sawda working on her hospital rotation

Christine Sawda came from Virginia to South Carolina to go to medical school at MUSC . After completing two years of textbook education in medicine, she is excited about entering her third year, which means “rotations.” In medical education, a rotation (or clerkship) refers...

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