April 2017 - In This Issue:
In the News
New Bill Would Expand Beneficiaries' Access to Telehealth
--Healthdata Management

"The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 was reintroduced by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), along with Senators Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), and Mark Warner (D-Va.), co-chairs of the Finance Committee Chronic Care Working Group."

 Click here for more info about the bill.
To Break Down Telehealth Silos, Connect Senior Execs With the Doctors on the Ground
--Healthcare IT News

"When South Carolina health system Palmetto Health set out to create a telemedicine program at the six-hospital organization, they found that getting all the stakeholders on the same page to launch such a thing was no easy task. At the HIMSS Media Pop Health Forum Monday in Boston, Chief Value and Informatics Officer Tripp Jennings and Telehealth Manager Amelia Bischoff described some of the challenges in creating a working, cost-effective system."

Click here to read the full article.
The Timely Promise of Telehealth
--Chris Horn, University of South Carolina

"Your 2-year-old wakes up feverishly hot with a chest rash - early Sunday morning when the pediatrician's office is closed. But after answering a few questions online from a health care professional and texting a photo of the rash, a diagnosis is made and a prescription dispensed.

Welcome to SmartExam, a service offered by Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group and one of several examples of telehealth's arrival on the health care scene. In addition to 24/7 health care consults, the power of broadband is making its way into health education, psychiatric evaluation and stroke assessment."

Click here to read the full article.
Doctor Robot Could Help Solve Sports-Concussion Dilemma in Rural America
-Medical Xpress

"From bustling cities to tiny farming communities, the bright lights of the local stadium are common beacons to the Friday night ritual of high school football.

But across the sprawling stretches of rural America, these stadiums are commonly far from doctors who could quickly diagnose and treat head injuries that have brought so much scrutiny to the sport."

Annual Telehealth Summit
PCC would like to say thank you to everyone who participated in the 5th Annual Telehealth Summit of SC on March 28-30, 2017. 

We hope to see you again next year! 

Please take 2-3 minutes to complete our survey to share your experience with us. 
Telehealth Awards
Congratulations to the 5th Annual Telehealth Summit of SC
Award Winners!

National Telehealth Champion:
Mignon Clyburn, Federal Communications Commission

State Telehealth Champions:
SC Senator Thomas Alexander
SC Representative Murrell Smith, Jr.
Program of Excellence Award:
Tidelands Health Telehealth Program

Telehealth Community Innovator Award:
Meera Narasimhan, MD, DFAPA 

Photo Credit: SCETV My Telehealth Campaign
Poster Awards
Congratulations to the 
5th Annual Telehealth Summit Poster Winners! 
Click the titles to view each poster.

Programmatic Award Winner: 

Scientific Award Winner:

Viewer's Choice Award Winner:
Presentations are available now on our website at www.palmettocareconnections.org

Summit Survey
Palmetto Care Connections would like to hear from you. Please take 2-3 minutes to complete a brief survey to share your experience at the 5th Annual Telehealth Summit of SC!

Bronze Sponsors
Advanced ICU Care
Advanced Video Group
Carolina eHealth Network
Internetwork Engineering/CISCO
Iron Bow
Meridian IT
Philips Home Monitoring
REACH Health
South Carolina Health Information Exchange
Southeastern Telehealth Resource Center
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
VRI Cares
Silver Sponsors
One Vision Solutions
Gold Sponsors
Spirit Communications  
Platinum Sponsors
Medical University of South Carolina
Palmetto Health
South Carolina Telehealth Alliance  
Upcoming Events

Annual Meeting: May 23, 2017
Funding Opportunities
Award Amount: $50,000 - $500,000
Opens:  Mid-March 2017
Due Date:  est. May 2017

Program Purpose: The Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program (DLT) is designed specifically to meet the educational and health care needs of rural America. Through this grant program, advanced telecommunications technologies connect rural sites to content or service providers, helping to provide enhanced learning and health care opportunities for rural residents, in an effort to bridge the Digital Divide. Click here for more info!
A special thank you to our partners for working with us to improve the health of South Carolina through telemedicine. 


Any new announcements, updates, expansions, or changes? Email Davia Smith at davias@palmettocareconnections.org . We will highlight your organization in our Partner Updates.