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.

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Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about the MUSC Center of Excellence or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us at telehealthcoe@musc.edu.

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.

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