Telehealth Increases Access to Specialty Consults


Many specialty practices are often quite far away from where patients live, particularly if they are in a rural area, something which puts additional travel and time barriers to accessing care. 

The Goal:

AnMed Health in Anderson, SC and Greenwood Genetics Center in Greenville, SC wanted to avoid sending high-risk pregnant patients who needed a genetics consult from one facility to another.

Method & Implementation:

The two facilities decided to use a simple webcam service, Skype, and create new materials that allowed them to provide proper education to patients. All they required were 2 laptops, one at either location, that could provide this service along with physicians comfortable using them.

Challenges & Barriers:

  • Making patients and physicians comfortable with using webcams to discuss sensitive topics
  • Adequate educational materials that translated via telehealth




To learn more about the Genetics Center's telehealth services, a full SCHA story is available here.

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