Health and Medical

Broadband Access for Telehealth Continues to Vary

May 17, 2017
Palmetto Care Connection's Technology Director assembles a telehealth cart in Columbia, South Carolina.
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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.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Michael Schmidt about research exploring the role that the human microbiome plays in good health and in disease.  Dr. Schmidt is a Professor and the Vice Chair of Microbiology and Immunology at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Jodie Rush about common knee problems and physical therapy. Dr. Rush is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and Physical Therapist at MUSC.

Dr. Laura Carpenter This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Laura Carpenter about a large, national research study related to Autism, called SPARK (Simmons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge). Dr. Carpenter is a Professor of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine at MUSC.

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South Carolina law limits what medicines a doctor can prescribe to a patient who has only been seen via telemedicine. Doctors can request individual exceptions from the board of South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners to prescribe certain controlled substances. A reproductive psychiatrist at the Medical University of South Carolina is asking for an exception to prescribe some opioid medications to pregnant women who need treatment for chronic pain or addiction.

South Carolina ETV is a member of the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Nicolas Milano about the benefits of exercise for individuals living with mild cognitive impairment. Dr. Milano is a Cognitive and Behavioral Neurologist and Assistant Professor of Neurology at MUSC.

Foster Parenting

May 2, 2017

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Elizabeth Wallis about the important role that foster parents play in the lives of children in foster care. Dr. Wallis is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and the Director of the Foster Care Support Clinic at MUSC Children’s Health.

Insurance Coverage of Telehealth Services Limited

May 1, 2017
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Connecting with a doctor over a live video feed is becoming more common, but insurance coverage of telehealth varies widely. State Medicaid programs, Medicare and private payers cover different services at different rates.

The federal health insurance program for senior citizens, Medicare, has some of the most limiting coverage for telehealth and telemedicine services. The program only covers patients in strictly defined rural areas and limits the medical professionals that can be reimbursed for providing telehealth services. 

Stroke Disparities

May 1, 2017

Dr. Robert Adams This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Robert Adams about research underway in South Carolina exploring disparities in stroke and stroke recovery. Dr. Adams is a Distinguished University Professor of Neurology and Director of the South Carolina Stroke Center of Economic Excellence at MUSC.

Stroke Disparities

May 1, 2017

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Robert Adams about research underway in South Carolina exploring disparities in stroke and stroke recovery.  Dr. Adams is a Distinguished University Professor of Neurology and Director of the South Carolina Stroke Center of Economic Excellence at MUSC.  

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Kevin Gray about the latest research concerning teens and marijuana.  Dr. Gray is a Professor and also Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC.

A Charleston-based geneticist discusses results with a family that is located two hours away in a Florence clinic.
Taylor Crouch/SCETV

  In 2016, the Greenwood Genetics Center began using telehealth to combat a national and local geneticist shortage. Through video conferencing, patients and families are able to schedule appointments when a geneticist might not be available otherwise.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Lara Wine Lee about sun protection for infants, toddlers and older children.   Dr. Wine Lee is an Assistant Professor and a Pediatric Dermatologist at MUSC Children’s Health.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Teresa Kelechi about research underway to explore a program of foot-fitness exercises for patients with mobility issues. Dr. Kelechi is a Certified Wound Care Nurse and Professor in the College of Nursing at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Alan Diehl about new breakthroughs in biomedicine and cancer treatment.  Dr. Diehl is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Associate Director of Basic Sciences at the Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.

Healthcare Sites Using Video Technology for Diabetes Education

Apr 17, 2017
A virtual meeting with an educator for a diabetes self-management course.
Marina Ziehe/SCETV

It is estimated that about 400,000 of the 4.8 million people in South Carolina have diabetes. That’s about 10% of the population. Diabetes self-management education is a critical element of care for people with diabetes. To help overcome transportation and distance barriers for people in rural areas of the state, some healthcare sites have adopted an innovative solution.

Inmates at a S.C. Department of Corrections facility.
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The South Carolina Department of Corrections aims to cut costs and increase public safety by minimizing inmate medical transports. They will begin using telehealth at five of their facilities, to connect Medical University of South Carolina providers to inmates over video.

Dry Eye

Apr 11, 2017

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. George Waring about a common eye condition called Dry Eye.  Dr. Waring is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Refractive Surgery at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Leonardo Bonilha about language problems (Aphasia) following a stroke.  Dr. Bonilha is a Neurologist and brain & language researcher and at MUSC. 

Dietary Supplements

Apr 4, 2017

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Bernadette Marriott about multivitamins and other dietary supplements.  Dr. Marriott is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry at MUSC, and earlier in her career she was the Founding Director of the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health.  

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Raymond Dubois about the connection between inflammation and colon cancer, and also colon cancer screening and prevention.  Dr. Dubois is a leading researcher in the field of colorectal cancer and Dean of the College of Medicine at MUSC.  

Technology Extends Health Care to S.C. Schools

Apr 3, 2017
Nurse practitioner Kelli Garber teaches school-nurse Lidie Collier how to use the telehealth cart.
Taylor Crouch

Many schools in South Carolina are using technology to expand student care. Through a telehealth cart, students can connect to local providers at their nurse’s office. The goal is to bring convenience to families, facilitate continuum of care and increase access to quality care.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Shane Woolf about common foot and heel injuries that occur during physical exercise and sports.  Dr. Woolf is an Associate Professor and the Chief of Sports Medicine in the Department of Orthopaedics at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Thomas Disalvo about heart failure and genetics.   Dr. Disalvo is a Cardiologist, Professor of Medicine and the Director of Cardiology at MUSC

State Mental Health Director John Magill reading Governor Henry McMaster's proclamation in the lobby of the State House.
Tabitha Safdi/SC Public Radio

A group of doctors, academics, public health and government officials gathered at the South Carolina State House this week. Their goal is to expand the reach and capabilities of telehealth services in the state. At a press conference in the State House lobby, stakeholders spoke on the importance of telehealth in the state and the significance of the governor’s distinction.

State Mental Health Director John Magill reading Governor Henry McMaster’s proclamation in the lobby of the State House.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Matthew Carpenter about some of the common barriers (and solutions) for quitting smoking. Dr. Carpenter is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and he is affiliated with the Cancer Control Program of the Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Kelli Williams about seasonal allergy during childhood.  Dr. Williams is a Clinical Assistant Professor, specializing in Allergy and Immunology at MUSC.

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This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Ruth Campbell about important ways to keep your kidneys healthy.  Dr. Campbell is a Professor of Internal Medicine and Nephrology at MUSC.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Ed Wilson about Conjunctivitis (or Pink-Eye) during childhood. Dr. Wilson is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics at MUSC. 

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