Direct to Consumer Strategies

Facilitated Roundtable Discussion

DTC-16 - Preventing Readmission of Post-Procedural Heart Valve Patients by Utilizing Remote Monitoring in the Home

Tuesday, May 1
12:05 PM - 12:30 PM
Location: Education Zone, Booth 2416, Zone 2

In this session, participants will learn how we developed a telehealth program to prevent readmission for post trans catheter valve procedure patients. This scalable infrastructure is used to monitor chronic health conditions and engages patient participation in self-care at home. The patient performs a daily assessment by taking their vital signs, inclusive of weight, blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation as well as a symptom evaluation questionnaire. Using a customized Heart Valve application, data is transmitted to our EMR. This allows an asynchronous exchange of data which enables clinicians to remotely monitor the patient.
The clinician who requests this remote monitoring is prompted to set parameters in which to be notified if the patient falls outside of "normal" range. These breaches generate an alert to the monitoring clinician, indicating intervention is needed. The clinician contacts the patient and first attempts to make adjustment, keeping patient in the home, however, if necessary, patient is instructed to return to hospital.

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Tasia Walsh

Manager, Virtual Solutions
Medical University of South Carolina

Tasia Walsh is the Manager, Virtual Solutions, at the Medical University of South Carolina, Center for Telehealth. Ms. Walsh is responsible for developing and implementing new areas of utilization for telehealth activities and developing business plans for new telehealth opportunities. Her responsibilities include project planning and implementation of multiple telehealth initiatives including Direct to Consumer and Provider-to-Provider solutions.
Ms. Walsh began her career at MUSC in 1989 where she worked with the Information Technology team to implement and support various computerized information systems.


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Sshune Rhodes

Telehealth mHealth Coordinator
Medical University of South Carolina

Sshune Rhodes, MHA, is the Telehealth mHealth Coordinator for the MUSC Center for Telehealth. Sshune joined the MUSC Center for Telehealth team in January 2016, bringing to the table over 18 years of healthcare management experience in various disciplines. She is directly responsible for the coordination of mobile health and direct-to-consumer telehealth initiatives supported by the MUSC Center for Telehealth. She works collaboratively with cross functional teams to ensure support and understanding of mHealth services. She manages simultaneous projects and responsibilities that address current needs for active programs and the future needs of telehealth services as technology evolves.
Sshune earned her Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree in Microbiology from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She received a Master in Health Administration from The Medical University of South Carolina.
Sshune serves as an active community leader holding several positions. She serves on the Board for the South Carolina Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) as Chair of the Advancement Committee and the Auxiliary to the Charleston County Medical, Dental, and Pharmaceutical Association. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.


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