John Lewis

Heart Failure Patient Monitors Vital Signs at Home with Telehealth

By John Lewis

Palmetto Health's remote tele-monitoring service has helped Wilma Goodwin stay out of the hospital.

Wilma Goodwin has lived in Chapin for more than 50 years. She loves it because it’s quiet and close to her children and grandchildren. But it’s a long drive for her to get to her doctors’ appointments, which became more common after she was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in January.

SCTA's Telehealth Awareness Week Highlights New Health Programs

By John Lewis

Telehealth Awareness Week

“We’re probably more advanced in telehealth than most states in this country,” said state Rep. Murrell Smith.

Smith is one of the state legislature’s most prominent supporters of telehealth, which connects patients to health care providers through live video.

Gov. Henry McMaster declared Oct. 15 – 19 as Telehealth Awareness Week. Hospitals, healthcare groups, and school districts hosted public events during the week to highlight new programs and demonstrate how they work.

SCDMH Reaches Telepsychiatry Landmark

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-winning program, launched in 2009 with funding assistance from The Duke Endowment and the State Medicaid agency, connects patients in emergency departments and community mental health clinics to SCDMH psychiatrists in other locations.

Free Virtual Care Available During Hurricane Florence

By John Lewis

MUSC virtual care

Dangerous storms like Hurricane Florence force millions of people to evacuate their homes. While the storm slowly makes its way toward the Carolinas, much of coastal South Carolina is under a mandatory evacuation order to avoid the potentially deadly storm.

As emergency responders are preparing the coast for the Category 4 hurricane heading its way, the Medical University of South Carolina is expanding its telehealth services for the weekend to address health concerns during Hurricane Florence.

Governor Expresses Support for Telehealth at Bill Signing

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 care,” said McMaster.

Senate Bill 345, which expands practice abilities and cuts regulations for advanced practice nurses (APRNs), went into effect July 1.

He's Not the Same Kid: How Telehealth Changed a Student's Life

By John Lewis

School-based telehealth program in Williamsburg County gets student's asthma under control.

Timothy struggled in school. A freshman at C.E. Murray High School in Williamsburg County, he was reserved and inattentive in class. But he had a much bigger problem out of the classroom: severe, poorly-controlled asthma.

“In over 20 years of pediatric practice, he is probably the most severe asthmatic I’ve ever treated,” said Kelli Garber, the lead nurse practitioner for the Medical University of South Carolina’s Center for Telehealth. “He had already been referred to the emergency department twice by ambulance from school.”

Statewide Telehealth Summit Spotlights South Carolina's Success

By John Lewis

Telehealth Summit of South Carolina

Each year, Palmetto Care Connections hosts an Annual Telehealth Summit of South Carolina.

2018 marks the sixth annual summit. The summit brings together providers, payers, and policy makers. During the summit, major players in healthcare recognize wins and discuss telehealth on both a national and local level.

Electronic Medical Records Critical for Telehealth

By John Lewis

Michael Haschker leads discussion at the sixth annual Telehealth Summit of South Carolina in Columbia.

As technology changes the way patients and health care providers see each other, it’s also changing how our doctors document our health records.

More practices in South Carolina are using telehealth equipment, allowing clinicians to connect to patients through video. The South Carolina Telehealth Alliance’s Michael Haschker says integrating an electronic medical records system into that equipment is crucial for the success of any telehealth program.

Technology Brings Doctors Directly to Nursing Home Residents

By John Lewis

Eleanor Grayson is examined with a telehealth machine in her home at The Village at Summerville.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 16,000 South Carolinians lived in nursing homes in 2015.

Some nursing home residents can still be mostly independent, while others require constant care. Dr. Russ Blackwelder, the associate medical director at The Village at Summerville, says his patients will do better if they stay in their home environment and avoid the hospital whenever they can.

But the doctor can’t be at the facility 24/7, and for years that meant automatic hospital trips for patients that needed to be seen.