In 2010, a state level Telehealth Workgroup initiated the development of a statewide Telehealth Network called Palmetto Care Connections (PCC). The primary focus of PCC is to coordinate existing Telehealth/Telemedicine activities, expand successful models such as the South Carolina Department of Mental Health TelePsych and The Medical University of South Carolina’s REACH or TeleStroke program. It is to develop new Telehealth/Telemedicine applications, assist providers in navigating through the steps of implementing Telemedicine, advocate for reimbursement by all payors and serve as a resource or clearinghouse of Telehalth information for South Carolinians.
PCC’s focus also extends to working with all rural communities in the state to ensure that they have access to quality health care services through the use of Telehealth/Telemedicine services. Members of the Telehealth Advisory Council include the SC Office of Rural Health (SCORH), the SC Hospital Association (SCHA), the Medical University of SC (MUSC), the University of SC School of Medicine (USC), the Area Health Education Consortium (AHEC), the Palmetto State Providers Network (PSPN), the SC Department of Mental Health (SCDMH), the SC Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), SC Blue Cross & Blue Shield (SCBCBS), Greenville Hospital System (GHS), Palmetto Health, SC Primary Health Care Association (SCPHCA), rural hospitals, rural health clinics, and school based telehealth centers.
Improving the Health of South Carolina through telemedicine.
Facilitate health care access across South Carolina through the utilization of innovative technology to promote the provision of qualified medical professionals of various disciplines..