Tidelands Health team member to help guide expansion of telehealth in South Carolina
A Tidelands Health team member will help guide the expansion of telehealth in South Carolina by offering technical expertise to the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance, a collaboration of organizations that aims to increase access to telehealth throughout the state.
Cole Naus, information systems infrastructure manager and cybersecurity officer for Tidelands Health, has been appointed to the Telehealth Alliance's technical advisory subcommittee. He'll be one of 10 subcommittee members drawn from across South Carolina. The subcommittee provides technical guidance to the alliance’s governing body, the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance Advisory Council.
"Telehealth is an incredible evolution in health care because it allows providers to share clinical expertise even when they are not in close geographic proximity," Naus said. "The end result is better care and improved patient outcomes.”
Tidelands Health is among many organizations throughout South Carolina offering telehealth care. For example, the health system has partnered with MUSC Health to offer telestroke services since 2008.
When a suspected stroke patient arrives at a Tidelands Health hospital, a MUSC Health vascular neurologist is immediately available via a secure, high-resolution videoconference to help diagnose the patient and determine the best course of treatment.
The effort was awarded the 2017 South Carolina Telehealth Program of Excellence from Palmetto Care Connections, a member of the telehealth alliance.
There are 268 telehealth sites in South Carolina, according to the alliance’s 2016 annual report. More than 135,000 patient interactions took place using telehealth last year.