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School Telehealth Clinic Program Expanding
Updated January 5, 2017 10:23 AM | Filed under: Health
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(UNDATED) - The Linton-based Indiana Rural Health Association is expanding its school-based telehealth clinic program to southern Indiana.

The Southern Indiana Rural Health Clinic will cover Austin, Crothersville and Southwest Jefferson County Schools, beginning this month. The states first school telehealth clinic opened four months ago in Elwood. There are plans to establish clinics in six more school systems throughout the state over the next year.

The clinic is part of the Indiana Rural School Clinic Network, which gives parents and physicians the chance to connect when a student visits the school nurse. The on-site school clinic will allow students to either been seen by doctors at the schools or via telehealth.

"When the child is sick, they will go to the school nurse. The nurse makes the decision on whether they need to be seen by a doctor. If so, the parent is called and asked if they want to join the visit," says Jenni Hill, IRSCN program manager. "During the telehealth session, the nurse is basically the doctor's 'hands' and will operate the non-invasive scopes and other diagnostic equipment. The doctor then can diagnose and call in prescriptions as needed."

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