MUSC Receives Funding for Telehealth Research Network

April 16, 2019

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has received a $3.6 million primary award for the Supporting Pediatric Research on Outcomes and Utilization of Telehealth-Clinical and Translational Science Award Collaborative Telehealth Research Network.

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has received a $3.6 million primary award for the Supporting Pediatric Research on Outcomes and Utilization of Telehealth (SPROUT)-Clinical and Translational Science Award Collaborative Telehealth Research Network. The 5-year grant will focus on supporting the development of telehealth research efforts, metric development, identification of best practices, and the development of collaborative policy and advocacy materialsa cross the country. The grant builds upon current work as part of the SPROUT collaborative, a network of institutions and pediatric providers operating within the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“This is a huge step forward in the development of safe and impactful telehealth programs across the country,” said primary investigator for the grant S. David McSwain, MD, MUSC Children’s Health physician and MUSC associate professor of pediatric critical care and chief medical information officer. “Academic research into the real impact of telehealth services is a critical component of developing and growing programs with the greatest potential to improve our health care system. Many physicians and other health care providers are hesitant about incorporating telehealth into their practices because it’s difficult to separate the theoretical benefits from the real value.”