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Andrews, Lewis, and Bittle to Speak at the Palmetto Care Connections 11th Annual Telehealth Summit

Andrews, Lewis, and Bittle to Speak at the Palmetto Care Connections 11th Annual Telehealth Summit

December 4th 2023

Palmetto Care Connections’ 11th Annual Telehealth Summit of South Carolina provides a platform for healthcare professionals to discuss and explore the impact of telehealth on rural communities and takes place today through December 6, 2023. One notable presentation will be led by Jeri Andrews, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, Associate Medical Director at CareSouth Carolina.

How Telehealth Impacts Rural Communities

The session delves into the significance of telehealth in rural areas, where it may not just be a matter of convenience but a crucial means of care for many residents. Jeri Andrews, along with other healthcare leaders such as Graham Sullivan and Carolyn McClain, will share insights on the panel moderated by Graham Adams, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of the South Carolina Office of Rural Health.

Andrews shared how telehealth at CareSouth Carolina has played a vital role in keeping patients connected with their healthcare team, especially when face-to-face visits are not practical.

“I am honored and excited to join a panel of other South Carolina rural healthcare leaders at Palmetto Care Connection’s annual telehealth summit to discuss how telehealth impacts rural communities,” Andrews said. “Here at CareSouth Carolina, we have been able to see firsthand how telehealth services have provided a means for patients to stay connected with their healthcare team when a face-to-face visit is not feasible or necessary.”

In addition to Jeri Andrews, CareSouth Carolina CEO Ann Lewis and Chief of Community Health Joe Bittle, LBSW, MHA serve as moderators for two other major panels during the summit.

The Other Side of the Camera: Patient Perspectives

Moderated by Ann Lewis, this panel explores the impact of telehealth from the patient's perspective. Attendees pause to hear firsthand accounts of how telehealth has influenced the lives of patients in South Carolina, shedding light on the human side of digital healthcare.

Digital Inclusion Efforts in South Carolina

Moderated by Joe Bittle, this panel expands the conversation beyond healthcare to discuss digital inclusion efforts in the state. The focus encompasses digital literacy, equity with technology, infrastructure, connectivity, education, and more. The panel, consisting of Paola Guiterrez, Stacey Lindbergh, and Ashlee Parra, provides insights into how South Carolina is actively addressing digital inclusion, spanning grassroots initiatives to top-level strategies.

As the summit unfolds, it serves as a crucial platform for professionals and experts to share experiences, insights, and strategies in the ever-evolving landscape of telehealth, with a specific focus on its impact in rural South Carolina communities.

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