John Lewis

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.

Telehealth Keeps Young Player on the Soccer Field

By John Lewis

12-year-old Justin Ruiz makes a save during soccer practice. Ruiz suffers from sickle cell disease.

Sickle cell disease is a blood disease that can affect every organ in the body. It's an inherited and incurable condition, but it can be treated and managed. Sickle cell patients, like 12-year-old Justin Ruiz of Hilton Head Island, also have an increased risk of stroke. Justin needs annual tests to assess his stroke risk. However, one of his parents had to miss a full day of work, and he would miss a full day of school and soccer practice, to get the test done in Charleston at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). 

Hospital E-Visits Spike During Flu Season

By John Lewis

Man laying his head on his desk.

This flu season has been more aggressive than usual. DHEC says more than 3,400 people have been hospitalized with the flu so far this season, and at least 128 people in South Carolina have died, including a child. Health officials are urging everyone older than 6 months to get vaccinated if they haven’t done so, and to see a doctor if you have flu-like symptoms.

S.C. Providers Meet to Teach and Learn Opioid Treatment Lessons

By John Lewis

Dr. Kelly Barth addressing a group of addiction specialists in Florence, South Carolina.

In the midst of a nationwide opioid epidemic, healthcare providers and addiction specialists in South Carolina are coming together to address the crisis head-on. The state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) says 550 South Carolinians died of an overdose in 2016, up nearly 20 percent over two years. More than 5,700 patients were discharged from South Carolina emergency rooms relating to opioid abuse in 2015, according to the Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS).

Technology Is Providing New Skills to South Carolina Medical Residents

By John Lewis

Resident Dr. Sara Khalil uses telehealth to reach patients in their home environment.

The next generation of doctors are studying at the Medical University of South Carolina and many even stay in the area for residency and beyond.

Dr. Sara Khalil is one such student. She is months away from graduating the residency program at MUSC/Trident Health in Charleston. She’s learning how to care for patients of all ages, and the MUSC/Trident residency program is also teaching her to care for a patient who never has to leave their house to see her.

Telehealth: Providing Access Across South Carolina

By John Lewis

Telehealth in SC

South Carolina is a state facing many difficulties in the area of health. Poverty, poor access to care, costs, long distances, a shortage of providers, and a history of chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure and high levels of stroke and diabetes, permeate the state with uncertainties. 

Due to combined efforts, South Carolina is now on the edge of a new frontier in health care. Telehealth offers new ways of delivering care through the use of video and audio technologies. 

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