Shannon McAllister has been appointed executive dIrector of telehealth at WVU Medicine. In this newly created position, McAllister will coordinate telehealth efforts across system hospitals and providers, and continue to expand virtual care offerings throughout the state.

With a web camera and a secure server, WVU Medicine physicians remotely evaluate patients at partnering rural clinics in 29 counties, offering care in 11 medical specialties, including pediatrics and psychiatry.

“Shannon will help us become more organized and identify new telehealth partnership opportunities for areas that do not currently have enough doctors or other providers available,” G. Daniel Martich, M.D., chief medical officer and president of physician services for WVU Medicine, said. “With her broad array of healthcare experience and revenue cycle background, she has a unique understanding of how we can provide greater access and more affordable care at the same time. Telehealth has been shown to reduce the number of readmissions to hospitals by seeing patients virtually, and it’s more convenient for patients and allows us to provide less expensive care.”

McAllister previously served as manager of revenue cycle integrity and denials at WVU Medicine’s Ruby Memorial Hospital and director of outpatient operations at Chestnut Ridge Counseling Services in Uniontown, Pa.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration and management from the University of Phoenix, and will graduate with an executive master of business administration degree from WVU this spring.