My Telehealth Podcast 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.
My Telehealth Podcast

My Telehealth Podcast

From South Carolina Public Radio

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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Virtual Healthcare Model Supports Primary Care Doctor in Treating Addictions

"We don't talk about addiction, we talk about recovery." Dr. Victor Archambeau is tired of seeing the negative aspects of addiction plastered everywhere. The problem is evident particularly in his area, Horry County, which he says is "ground zero" for SC with over 100 overdose deaths in one year. He remarks that one reason why doctors have been hesitant to reach out to addiction patients is because they see it as a lost cause. But Dr. Archambeau sees it differently, perhaps because he's a

Virtual Healthcare Model Supports Primary Care Doctor in Treating Addictions

Experts Say Nurse Practitioner Law to Benefit Underserved Communities

A new law that went into effect July 1 drastically changed the way advanced practice nurses can provide care in South Carolina. Senate Bill 345, which Gov. Henry McMaster signed into law earlier this year, eliminated the 45-mile limit for advanced practice nurses (APRNs) to provide care. Prior to the new law, APRNs had to be within a 45-mile radius of a supervising physician in order to practice. The law's supporters praised the move to erase the mileage restriction, saying it would open the

Experts Say Nurse Practitioner Law to Benefit Underserved Communities

After-School Nutrition Program Reaches Rural Communities

Dozens of students participate in an after-school program at Hopkins Elementary School in rural Richland County. After most of their classmates have gone home for the day, these kids go to the library. Plates, pasta shells, and measuring cups are scattered across the tables. And they're focused on the TV. On the screen, a health educator from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) connects to the screen through a video chat, and teaches the kids about nutrition

S.C. Aiding Global Health Via Telemedicine to Underserved Ugandan Clinic

Most of us who live in the United States have the ability to access some type of medical service. Hopefully, we wouldn't be faced with the task of walking over 120 miles to receive care. For some people though, that is the only option. In Masindi, Uganda, if you don't have transportation and have a medical emergency, you may never make it to the clinic in time much less be able to afford the services. Seeing this barrier to care abroad is what prompted Dr. Edward O'Bryan to co-found OneWorld

S.C. Aiding Global Health Via Telemedicine to Underserved Ugandan Clinic

Electronic Medical Records Critical for Telehealth

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. Most office-based physicians use some kind of

Emergency Mental Health Care Benefits from Telepsychiatry

Seconds count when it comes to a suicidal patient and getting them to the care they need. EMS personnel often find themselves dealing with mental health patients. Because they do not have psychiatry expertise, EMS often has to transport these patients to the ER where they will sit until they can get a correct diagnosis. However, this could take hours and leads to the emergency vehicles being tied up while they may be needed for more urgent needs in their county. This is why in Charleston County,

Technology Brings Doctors Directly to Nursing Home Residents

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

Statewide Telehealth Summit Attracts Major Players in Healthcare Industry

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. In April, leaders and experts in telehealth convened in Columbia for the 6th Annual Telehealth Summit of South Carolina . The 2018 Summit was an opportunity for professionals in all

Statewide Telehealth Summit Attracts Major Players in Healthcare Industry

Hospital E-Visits Spike During Flu Season

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. Hospital groups statewide said their e-visit systems, which allow some patients to receive diagnoses and prescriptions electronically,

Broadband Access for Telehealth Continues to Vary

When it comes to telehealth implementation, broadband access can be vital for a quality connection. Local and federal officials weigh in on its significance and some efforts to reduce reported disparities.

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