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June 2016

BlueCross Foundation awards $4.8M to S.C. groups

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The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation will award $4.8 million to 13 organizations serving South Carolinians’ health needs.

“We are excited about the newest grant recipients,” Foundation Executive Director Harvey Galloway said. “These grants align with the mission of the foundation, which is to promote and support healthier South Carolinians, particularly the economically vulnerable.”

Recipients of the most recent grants serving local residents and those across the state include:


Advanced Care Planning (ACP) in South Carolina – Funds support activities to develop a strategic plan to promote ACP for the economically disadvantaged.

Greenwood Genetic Center – Support research toward the development of a blood-diagnostic test for autism.

Institute for Child Success– Complete a statewide study on the current protective services of child advocacy centers to produce research and policy recommendations focused on eliminating toxic stress.

Impact America — Provide free vision screenings using high-tech digital cameras in Head Start sites and low-income populations’ day care centers. Bamberg County is among those that will benefit.

Palmetto Palace –- Increase access to health care services through technology and telehealth using a mobile health van throughout the Lowcountry.

South Carolina Pharmacy Foundation Inc. – Plan and implement a statewide initiative to educate providers on the proper management of opioid addiction in order to prevent over-prescribing opioids and to increase public awareness of medication safety.

The Columbia Oral Health Clinic – Improve access to care by upgrading dental equipment to provide free dental examinations to uninsured and underinsured patients living with HIV/AIDS. Calhoun County is among those that will benefit.

The Medical University of South Carolina – Support the development of a burn-healing app that will increase access to medical care for burned children, as well as educate caregivers and providers on burn injury prevention efforts statewide.

The University of South Carolina Salkehatchie – Add a state-of-the-art simulation lab to assist nursing students for real-life situations. Bamberg County is among the areas that will benefit.

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Is There a Difference between Telemedicine and Telehealth?

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–mHealth Intelligence

Today’s healthcare ecosystem is filled with references to and examples of telemedicine and telehealth – in some cases, the two terms are used interchangeably. Whether they mean the same thing is a topic of considerable debate.

In general terms, telemedicine is considered the clinical application of technology, while telehealth encompasses a broader, consumer-facing approach – “a collection of means or methods, not a speci­fic clinical service, to enhance care delivery and education,” according to the federal network of telehealth resource centers.

“While ‘telemedicine’ has been more commonly used in the past, ‘telehealth’ is a more universal term for the current broad array of applications in the ­field,” the TRC network states in its online resource guide. “Its use crosses most health service disciplines, including dentistry, counseling, physical therapy and home health, and many other domains. Further, telehealth practice has expanded beyond traditional diagnostic and monitoring activities to include consumer and professional education. Note that while a connection exists between health information technology (HIT), health information exchange (HIE) and telehealth, neither HIE nor HIT are considered to be telehealth.”

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