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Objective 6: Improve Access to Health Education for Providers and Patients

What

Tele-education supports the clinical and research initiatives conducted by MUSC in partnership with hospitals and community practices across the state.  Using a dedicated, broadband health care network, the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium (AHEC) coordinates innovative programs through a statewide network of more than 40 locations.  Through videoconferencing and online courses, a significant amount of provider education and training is provided in support of telehealth initiatives.  Providers are also exposed to best practices in clinical and basic science research directly through programs led by MUSC’s expert faculty.  Patients are supported through improved education of the health professions workforce and direct community health education programs.  The South Carolina AHEC and MUSC support health professions students during their clinical rotations across the state by connecting students with faculty and staff at their home institutions. 

Why

South Carolina has too few health care providers, and they are not distributed across all areas of the state.  By providing increased and direct support for providers, students, and patients in rural and underserved communities, the South Carolina AHEC is helping to address issues of access and equity.  In addition, the goals of the MUSC Telehealth mission are better supported through the accompaniment of collaborative educational initiatives that address unmet provider and organization education needs. 

How State-Appropriated Funds Will Be Utilized

  • Capital expenses will be covered to provide telehealth technology in the community practice setting.
  • Expert MUSC faculty will lead provider and practice education though train-the-trainer sessions.
  • Direct patient care will be provided through group education for at-risk populations.

What to Expect and What Will Be Measured

increaseNumber of active community provider sites engaged in telehealth activities

 

increasePatients receiving health interventions through education

  

decreaseIsolation of providers and patients in rural/underserved areas