Outpatient Telehealth (OT) Program

The OT (Outpatient Telehealth) Program brings specialty consultations from MUSC Health physicians to patients throughout the state, reducing barriers to care and improving the health of South Carolina’s residents.

SC has many communities where access to specialty care is limited. Patients needing a consult with a specialist or follow-up care after major surgery must often travel over 100 miles to receive it or wait months for an appointment. Additionally, many patients struggle with conditions that often result in missed appointments like requiring child care during an appointment, taking time off work, or having limited transportation resources.

OT seeks to alleviate these strains on patients by bringing that specialty care closer to home, where the specialist can see the patient more quickly.   

Specialty Service Spotlight

Delivering maternal-fetal medicine consultations into private practices allow women with high-risk pregnancies to benefit from specialty care, regardless of where they live. 

Maternal-fetal telemedicine visits operate much like regular in-person visits. The patient comes into their local doctor’s office or hospital and meets with a local provider who conducts all tests and physical exams. The specialist is able to video conference through telemedicine equipment and see test results as well as ultrasound images. These specialists can provide resources like nutritional or genetic counseling, or advice on a health condition. The telemedicine provider can help identify any issues and track progress as well as help determine what the patient’s needs will be for delivery.