Research & Outcomes

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In 2020, at least 98 peer-reviewed articles on telehealth were published by South Carolina researchers, a 31% increase from the prior year.

MUSC Telehealth Center of Excellence

The MUSC Center for Telehealth is one of two federally recognized National Telehealth Centers of Excellence (COE) as designated by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) – an award totaling $7.6 million dollars to date. One of the main goals of MUSC’s COE is to research and evaluate MUSC’s telehealth programs and disseminate these findings nationally.

The main areas of research focus include:

  • Federal and local healthcare spending
  • Models for telehealth service development, measurement, and evaluation
  • Telehealth as a model for implementation of best practices
  • Evaluation of behavioral health-focused telehealth programs
  • Telehealth modalities for primary care
  • Telehealth to improve HIV prevention and treatment

In 2020, MUSC was also awarded a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. In partnership with PCC, MUSC will use these funds to describe and evaluate MUSC’s telehealth response to COVID-19, with particular focus on unintended consequences and potential differential effect on rural and high-risk populations. Overall, MUSC faculty contributed to 81 peer-reviewed articles on telehealth in 2020 and conducted over 100 academic and professional presentations.

SCTA Telehealth Research Pilot Grants

The SCTA partnered with the SC Clinical and Translational Research Institute (SCTR) this year to award three $25,000 Telehealth Research Pilot Grants with the aim to accelerate the adoption, utilization, and investigation of telehealth interventions in South Carolina:

  • Health Chat: Connecting with Underserved Adolescents to Monitor Healthy Lifestyle Goals via Mobile Health — Christine SanGiovanni, MD (MUSC)
  • Telehealth Management of Complex ADHD — Silvia Pereira-Smith, MD (MUSC)
  • Utilizing Telehealth to Engage Youth in Foster Care in Follow-Up Care — Elizabeth Wallis, MD (MUSC)

University of South Carolina Telehealth Research

The USC School of Medicine continued supporting telehealth evaluation at Prisma Health and SCDMH, and in 2020 the SCTA began working more closely with the USC Center for Rural and Primary Health Care. This group will be leading a number of important SCTA research initiatives, the first of which focused on barriers and facilitators of telehealth adoption among smaller rural and primary health care practices during COVID-19.