Center of Excellence
The MUSC Center for Telehealth is one of two federally recognized National Telehealth Centers of Excellence (COE) as awarded by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. MUSC was awarded this national designation because of the Center for Telehealth's successful telehealth programs with a high annual volume of telehealth visits, substantial service to rural and medically underserved populations through telehealth, and its financially sustainable telehealth models.
The role of the Center of Excellence is to fill important gaps in the national telehealth landscape through a combination of ongoing regional and national collaborations, as well as proactive dissemination of telehealth resources. The main areas of research focus during the project period 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.
Core Administrative Team:
• Dee Ford, M.D., MSCR, COE Project Director
• Katie Cristaldi, M.D., MHS, COE Co-Project Director
• Jimmy McElligott, M.D., Center for Telehealth Executive Medical Director
• Shawn Valenta, RRT, MHA, Center for Telehealth Administrator
• Ryan Kruis, MSW, LISW-CP, COE Manager
• Rebecca Beeks, MHA, Research and Program Coordinator
In addition to this team, the COE includes key research personnel from across the university and its clinical health system, all with a compelling track record of telehealth program development and health science research.
- Telehealth Service Implementation Model (T-SIM™): A Framework for Telehealth Service Development, Implementation, and Sustainability (PDF)
- Defining and Deploying an Open-Access Telehealth Network in South Carolina (PDF)
- Primary Care Telehealth Modalities (PDF)
- Resources for Telehealth Experience and Satisfaction Surveys (PDF)
- Teleconsent: Transforming Research Participant Enrollment (PDF)
- Implementing a Structured Framework for Enterprise Adoption of Telehealth Service Development and Delivery (PDF) (Valenta, Harvey, & Ford. American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). March 4, 2019)
- Adapting an Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) for Effective Telehealth Service Management (PDF) (Valenta & Harvey. Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMMS). February 13, 2019)
- Population Health Indicators Associated with a Statewide Telestroke Program (Simpson, Harvey, DiLembo, Debenham, Holmstedt, Robinson, Almallouhi, Ford. Telemedicine and e-Health. Ahead of print
- Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnant Women via Telemedicine (Guille, Simpson, Douglas, Boyars, King, McElligott, Johnson, Brady. JAMA Network Open. January 2020)
- Telehealth for the Internal Medicine Resident: A 3-Year Longitudinal Curriculum (Kirkland, Dubose-Morris, Duckett. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. December 2019)
- Association of School-Based, Asthma-Focused Telehealth Program With Emergency Department Visits Among Children Enrolled in South Carolina Medicaid (Brian, Cristaldi, Summer, Su, Marsden, Mauldin, McElligott. JAMA Pediatrics. September 2019)
- Electronic Visits For Common Acute Conditions: Evaluation Of A Recently Established Program (Player, O’Bryan, Sederstrom, Pinckney, Diaz. Health Affairs. December 2018)
If you are interested in learning more about the MUSC Center of Excellence or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us at email@example.com.
If you would like to learn more about the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Telehealth Center of Excellence program, please navigate to HRSA’s Telehealth Center of Excellence site. If you would like to learn more about the HRSA funded Telehealth Resources Centers, please navigate to the National Consortium of Telehealth Resources Centers site.
The MUSC Center of Excellence and documents referenced on this page are supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of the National Telehealth Center of Excellence Award (U66 RH31458). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.