MUSC Hosts Community Awareness Day to Educate about Telehealth

MUSC Hosts Community Awareness Day to Educate about Telehealth

August 30, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


So today is telehealth
awareness week in South Carolina. And today is our media day. Where we are spreading the word about all the different
telehealth activities that we’re doing in telehealth in
South Carolina and throughout the country. So today we had several demonstrations of our telehealth programs. Including a
demonstration of our Telestroke EMS program, our
school based telehealth program and our pediatric critical care
telehealth program. It’s important to get the word
out about not only what telehealth is but the variety
of services that telehealth can provide. Telehealth is a lot
more than just face timing with your doctor. We can provide
specialty services to patients across the state. In their homes, in their schools, at their work place, in their
community hospitals, in their private practitioners office.
Access to care is a problem across the country but in South
Carolina it’s particularly a problem because South Carolina
so rural. And in a rural area a lot of people that live in
those areas don’t have access to medical specialists. We’ve
been able to greatly increase the number of patients in South
Carolina, who have access to experts stroke care within an
hour of the onset of symptoms. That can be life saving for
them. We’ve been able to reduce admissions to our ICU’s. We’ve
been able to allow patients to stay in their community
hospitals or even be discharged home. Instead of being
transferred to M.U.S.C. and we’ve been able to save a
lot of lives. With the technology we have available
today. There’s no reason why distance has to be a factor
when you want to deliver the best healthcare to patients
anywhere in the state. It’s a really exciting time for telehealth in South Carolina. We’ve seen a lot of progress but the greatest
progress is yet to come and you know we really are leading the
country and leading the way in that progress.