Troy Spicer, MS, FNP-BC
Dean of Nursing and Associate Professor
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC), Tifton, GA
Winston Price, MD, FAAP
Chair of Pediatrics
Memorial Health and Manor, Bainbridge, GA
Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth
Cutting edge communications technology is transforming how rural areas are accessing healthcare and schools are no exception. Telehealth is proving to be a valuable tool to complement and expand the capacity of schools to meet the healthcare needs of children.
A study by the University of Georgia states that Georgians rank near the bottom nationally in terms of overall health. Healthcare Georgia Foundation reports that thirty-seven percent of children in Georgia are overweight or obese, twenty-two percent suffer from Asthma problems, and almost thirty percent have suffered from issues related to emotional health during the past year. Many of these students living in Georgia's rural communities do not receive timely, appropriate care due to the lack of local providers and access to other health care resources.
The integration of telehealth services into local school districts increases the availability of primary and specialized health care services for children who may not otherwise be able to seek care outside of school. One of the goals of school based-telehealth is to facilitate classroom success by providing health care services to students, who, in many cases, would not receive healthcare in a timely manner, if at all.
At the end of the presentation, attendees should:
- Describe the reason school based telehealth is an appropriate setting to deliver healthcare to students and faculty.
- Detail the potential benefits gained by school systems who implement telehealth services.
- Interact with implementer of school based telehealth who are improving access to care to underserved children across the state.
Original program date: Mar 11, 2015
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- Computer speakers (built-in or attached)
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