MUSC's Center for Telehealth expands access to school-based program

Charleston-based Medical University of South Carolina's Center for Telehealth expanded access to its school-based telehealth program for all 11 schools in Williamsburg County, and 12 schools in Charleston County. The program is conducted in collaboration with the schools' nurses.

The school-based telehealth program began four years ago. Through the program, the school nurse ensures a pediatrician or nurse practitioner sees the child in question, using secure video conference equipment. The nurse also calls a parent before the child's telehealth appointment and parents can attend via the phone or in-person. If medication is needed, the prescription is called in to a pharmacy of the parent's choice.

The program aims to reduce the number of days a child has to miss school due to physician appointments and illness.

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