South Carolina

Innovations

Statewide Partnership Provides Mental Health Assessments via Telemedicine to Patients in Rural Emergency Departments, Reducing Wait Times, Hospitalizations, and Costs 10/07/13

Through a statewide telemedicine program, psychiatrists evaluate patients with mental health issues who present at rural hospital emergency departments, leading to reductions in wait times, inpatient admissions, and costs; increased attendance at followup visits; and high levels of patient and clinician satisfaction.

Culturally Tailored Lifestyle Counseling Tied To Readiness for Change Helps Underserved African-American Women Reduce Dietary Fat Intake 11/17/11

Low-income African-American women at risk for cardiovascular disease received culturally appropriate motivational counseling and support tied to their readiness for change, leading to reductions in dietary fat intake.

Electronic Standing Orders Highlight Care Gaps and Allow Nonphysicians to Address Them, Leading to Increased Provision of Preventive Services 03/08/11

Primary care practices incorporate standing orders for preventive care services into the electronic health record, allowing nonphysician clinical staff to fill gaps in care; the program substantially increased the provision of needed services to eligible patients.

Free Oral Health Services Enhance Self-Esteem and Employability for Individuals Living With HIV/AIDS, the Homeless, and the Uninsured 02/08/10

An oral health clinic offers free, comprehensive services to community members living with human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) and to low-income individuals who lack health insurance, enhancing access to dental care, self-esteem, and employability.

Free Eye Care for Low-Income, Uninsured Children Combined With Vision Education for School Staff Improves Eye Care Knowledge and Academic Performance 02/09/09

A community partnership provided free, comprehensive eye exams and glasses to low-income children and trained school nurses, teachers, and counselors to detect vision problems in students, leading to enhanced access to services and improved academic performance.

Standardized Protocol Reduces Likelihood of Pneumothorax and Death in Low Birthweight Infants 09/04/08

Standardized clinical management of extremely low birthweight infants born at less than 30 weeks' gestational age decreases rates of pneumothorax and mortality through the use of evidence-based medicine.

Telemedicine-Based Diabetes Management Program Focusing on Education and Eye Exams Improves Self-Management Capabilities and Outcomes For Low-Income Rural Patients 01/24/08

A diabetes disease management program provides remote education and eye screenings for low-income individuals in rural South Carolina, leading to increased eye examination rates, reduced blood glucose and cholesterol levels, improved self-management behaviors, and high levels of patient satisfaction.

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