Taylor Crouch

Virtual Exam Offers Convenient Care

By Taylor Crouch

A provider reviews virtual exams.

Across South Carolina, patients can virtually connect to local doctors from their phone, tablet, or computer. These virtual exams are intended to offer patients a convenient and affordable option for their non-emergent needs.

Life Without Health Insurance: Restaurant Owner, Cancer Survivor Finds Alternatives

By Taylor Crouch

Nunez with co-workers

“It was a no brainer,” says Marcos Nunez.

As a restaurant owner and two-time cancer survivor, Nunez took a tip from one of his regular customers: telehealth.

“I do it on my computer at home. For the simple fact that it's a lot nicer to relax and see him on the big screen. I could do it here at the restaurant if I needed to. It is very, very convenient.”

Between the pace of the restaurant industry and the current healthcare market, he says prioritizing health is challenging.

Nunez does not have health insurance.

Critical Access Hospital Serves Crisis Patients Faster with Technology

By Taylor Crouch

Abbeville Area Medical Center uses telehealth to improve access to care for behavioral health patients.

Abbeville Area Medical Center is remotely located, over an hour from two larger South Carolina hubs, Greenville and Columbia.  Inside the hospital, there are less than 25 beds. Remote access and quantity of beds quailify Abbeville Area Medical Center as a Critical Access Hospital (CAH), making it one of five in South Carolina.

Even though this hospital provides emergent care 24/7, it is unfeasible to staff certain specialists full-time for services that are seldom needed, like a psychiatrist. 

Country Doctor Finds 'Prosperity' in Telehealth

By Taylor Crouch

Oscar Lovelace provides health services in Prosperity, South Carolina.

Almost thirty years ago, Dr. Oscar Lovelace opened his practice in Prosperity, South Carolina, hoping to provide more care in its rural setting.

As a native to Columbia, South Carolina, and Graduate of both Clemson and the Medical University of South Carolina, Lovelace knew early on that he wanted to be a rural doctor.

Teacher Saves Time and Money with Virtual Doctor Visit

By Taylor Crouch

A teacher scrolls through questions on a Smart Exam.

In an effort to improve access to care, hospitals across the state offer virtual exams for non-emergent needs.

Virtual exams, like Greenville Health System’s (GHS) Smart Exam, enable patients to register and complete a guided questionnaire, to be reviewed by a local provider who then offers a treatment plan.

Virtual Care Delivers New Patient Experience

By Taylor Crouch

Palmetto Health Emergency Center

As patients use technology to seek care outside the traditional walls of a doctor's office or hospital, models for providing healthcare shift.

The Director of the Emergency Departments at Palmetto Health, and CEO of the Palmetto Health Quality Collaborative, Dr. William Gerard discusses what patients want.

"They want availability, more than anything. They want a great outcome and they want it at a reasonable cost," says Gerard.

Geneticist Offers a New Option for Families Seeking Answers

By Taylor Crouch

A family sits in the waiting room for their telehealth appointment.

While patients at the Greenwood Genetic Center’s (GGC) Florence site might wait to see a geneticist in person, they now have another choice—to see a geneticist over a secure video conference, or telehealth.

Telehealth gives patients more appointment options to choose from, which could allow them to see a geneticist sooner. In late 2016, GGC began offering telehealth appointments at their Florence site, which has no full-time geneticist. In fact, when it comes to clinical geneticists, South Carolina mirrors geneticist shortages nationwide.