Students at McDowell Technial Community College are receiving medical care through the benefits of telemedicine technology. The Portable TeleClinic is set up in what used to be a small storage closet, with some slight modifications to make it "telemedicine-ready".

AMD Global Telemedicine, MY Health-e-Schools and the Children's Partnership organization have come together to share our knowledge on how to implement, run and sustain an effective school-based telemedicine program. Listen to the archived webinar to hear first hand from MY Health-e-Schools about how they started their program, lessons learned along the way and how they have managed to sustain success. In addition, hear from the Children's Partnership about school-based telemedicine programs from across the country, lessons learned and the benefits of school-based telemedicine.

Now, with the use of telemedicine equipment, such as AMD's Telemed ED clinical telemedicine system, students aged 12 to 21 in Coldwater and Bronson counties (MI) will have access to health care without having to go to the doctor's office. The Community Health Center of Branch County (CHC) received a State of Michigan Department of Community Health transformational grant in 2013. The grant has allowed CHC to plan and implement tele-health clinics in Coldwater and Bronson counties.

By deploying telemedicine systems in schools, AMD Global Telemedicine is allowing providers to care for students on-site with few clinicians needed to support it. The Center for Rural Health Innovation (CRHI) used this technology to support 14 school-based programs and provide care to 4,000 students. Read the featured article on Health IT Outcomes.

A collaboration between the MY Health-e-Schools telemedicine program (Center for Rural Health Innovation) and Mission Health resulted in being able to offer students at McDowell County, North Carolina immediate access to healthcare. Telemedicine has allowed them to supplement the child's primary care physician and get them treated without them needing to leave school for an appointment.

Students visiting the West Pender Middle School location are greeted by a nurse who performs their exam. Video cameras then allow the nurse practitioner to then see a live feed of the patient and what the nurse on site is examining. Cameras can provide an up close and clear look at the patient's ears, eyes, throat or any rashes.

Thanks to a recent grant, parents of students at six different Burke County schools will no longer have to take their sick student out of school to visit a doctor if they choose.


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