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Telehealth Increases Access to Care in South Carolina
A project from the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance
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.
What is Telehealth? Telehealth is the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration.
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What is the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance and My Telehealth?
Through the human stories of patients, families, clinicians and others, SCETV, in collaboration with the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance, will carefully dissect the complexities of Telehealth.
The goal of each story is to elevate public understanding and knowledge of Telehealth and its diverse services in South Carolina.
The clinical opportunities within Telehealth provide many positive impacts that include better health outcomes, more immediate treatments, economic benefits and access to specialized care and consultation.
Dr. Hugo Gernsback envisions the "teledactyl," a tool with robotic fingers and a way to project video to examine the patient from afar
Medical personnel start doing experiments with close-circuit TV
First interactive video link created at Nebraska Psychiatric Institute and Norfolk State Hospital
NASA begins researching ways to provide healthcare to astronauts & improve telecommunications technology
First telehealth system created, connected paraprofessionals to physician-patient encounters
More advanced forms of telehealth (called "telemedicine") used in medical field; "Golden Age" of telemedicine research and expansion in the U.S.
NASA teams up with SCI Systems of Houston to study how to use video for telemedicine
First international telemedicine project; Invention of World Wide Web expands capabilities of telemedicine
June 25 1989
Jewish Hospital of St. Louis performs first successful defibrillation of patient via telephone
Non-profit American Telemedicine Association (ATA) created to push for better resources, standards and legislation for telemedicine
Medicare begins paying for telehealth consultations for people who live in underserved rural areas
Video-chat programs like Skype become popular
In October, the Benefits Improvement Protection Act (BIPA) expands/ provides annual update to telehealth services
The South Carolina Department of Mental Health's receives a grant from The Duke Endowment to develop a statewide telepsychiatry network for all SC hospitals operating emergency departments (EDs)
Rapid expansion in U.S. telemedicine in an effort to cut down on the cost of healthcare and provide more convenient care for patients
In August, the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance is formed
2/3 of Americans own smartphones, are able to research medical info, access health tools & services
96% of South Carolina residents now live within an hour drive of expert stroke care due to Telestroke technology
Telemedicine is expected to be a $34 billion industry & an important part of modern healthcare delivery
The South Carolina Telehealth Alliance is an unprecedented collaboration of academic medical centers, community hospitals and providers, existing telemedicine systems, government leaders and other entities that believe that all South Carolina residents should and can have access to quality health care, while effectively managing the cost of providing care.