History of the Children’s Telehealth Collaborative ( CTC )
The South Carolina Children’s Telehealth Collaborative, (CTC) was formed by the South Carolina Children’s Hospital Collaborative (SCCHC) in 2015 to focus on the development and delivery of high-quality telehealth services for children across the state. In a truly forward-thinking effort, the chairs of pediatrics from each of the four hospitals and a small team of dedicated specialists met to develop a strategy for creating and advancing a comprehensive and synergistic approach to meeting the needs of children through telehealth, with a particular focus on the state’s rural and underserved pediatric population.
Early efforts were led by Dr. David McSwain, a pediatric critical care physician at the Medical University of South Carolina and funded generously with a three-year, $1 million grant from The Duke Endowment. Although the grant initially focused on the development of tele-critical care services for children across the state it also laid the foundation and principles for a coordinated, statewide children’s telehealth network. To date, CTC is the only national example of a collaborative network of separate children’s hospitals working together to provide pediatric telehealth services to an entire state.