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Telehealth Increases Access to Care in South Carolina (Video)


The South Carolina Telehealth Alliance (SCTA) is collaboratively offering new ways of delivering care through the use of video and audio technologies.




A Tale of Two Strokes (Video)

The MUSC Health Telestroke Program is a potentially life-saving network that connects partnering hospitals with immediate round-the-clock access to stroke care experts. This production is part of the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance Campaign to help increase awareness and utilization of telehealth services.

What is the Alliance?

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The South Carolina Telehealth Alliance believes that all South Carolina residents should and can have access to quality health care.

Click HERE for SCTA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page. 

Why Telehealth?

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The greatest impact of telehealth is on patients, their families and their community.




Many organizations have collaborated to create the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance. Listed below are the Founding Providers, who formed the Alliance, the Advisory Council that was created to provide input and direction, and the members who have joined the Alliance and are now providing services.



  • Palmetto Health - USC Medical Group
  • University of South Carolina
  • MUSC Health
  • Greenville Health System
  • Palmetto Care Connections
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • SC ETV
  • Georgetown Pediatrics
  • Bamberg Family Practice
  • South Carolina Legislature 


Alliance members are sites (hospitals, clinics, schools, etc.) that are connected to a telehealth service (e.g. telestroke) by one of the Alliance providers. Membership in the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance is growing. View our list of more than 100 members.


Amelia Bischoff, MHA
Palmetto Health - USC Medical Group
Christianna Novakovic, MHA, CAPM
Greenville Health System (GHS) 
Matt Reich
McLeod Health
Kevin Wiley, MPH
Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)



Telehealth can make quality health care services accessible to rural communities and underserved populations. Here are some of the telehealth services being provided now. Not all are available in every area; but as the Alliance grows, more and more will become available.  
ICU, acute stroke, general neurology, EEG, pediatric emergency and critical care, pediatric GI, burn, psychiatry, infectious disease, education
Community Medical Homes
maternal fetal medicine, pre/post-surgery consultation, psychiatry, nutrition counseling, pediatric urology, sickle cell, education
Innovative Portals to Care
home monitoring and consultation, school-based care, special locations for crime victims, education



As we collaborate across our State, the South Carolina Telehealth alliance will offer programs to further help your patients.



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Primary care providers: There are many benefits when telehealth is used in a primary care setting. Telehealth improves access to specialists, makes quality care cost-efficient, enhances the referral process, and results in high patient satisfaction. As telemedicine becomes increasingly prevalent, more insurance plans are covering telehealth visits and consults. This not only benefits patients, but also encourages more providers to offer telehealth services.

Community hospitals: Specialists at the state’s largest medical centers, regional hospitals or other settings will offer hospital-based services, such as stroke consultation, acute psychiatric evaluation and pediatric critical care.

Resources and Support Thanks to advances in technology, telehealth is cost-efficient. In most cases, telemedicine can be arranged with minimal infrastructure that most physician offices already have on hand: a high-speed internet connection, laptop computer and webcam. Inpatient and emergency department-based services will require more sophisticated mobile telehealth carts with remote-controllable high-definition cameras. Other devices, such as hand-held examination cameras, stethoscopes, otoscopes and spirometers may be needed, depending on the specific location and services offered. The South Carolina Telehealth Alliance has already negotiated with medical equipment and software vendors to lower costs and provide the training and support to make telehealth more accessible. 

Providers requesting equipment: South Carolina Telehealth Alliance has formalized an equipment intake process to determine IT support and equipment needs by each unique site through completion of the Equipment Request Form. Once the form is complete, South Carolina Telehealth Alliance will schedule a visit or follow-up phone call to further determine equipment and IT support needs, if further assessment is warranted. Be sure to provide complete, accurate information. You can complete the form by clicking HERE.


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