Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County aims to reach more local students in School-Based Health Centers with nurse practitioners on site and Telehealth
After expanding the School-Based Health Centers (SBHC) in Kershaw County to all high schools this fall, the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County (CMC) is rolling out “Telehealth” services to further expand their capacity to provide immediate medical care for students that would otherwise need to leave school for an acute need.
Telehealth, slated to launch this November, will allow CMC’s nurse practitioners to expand their availability at the SBHCs at Camden High School, Lugoff-Elgin High School and North Central High School.
Telehealth uses digital communication technologies to access healthcare services using a high-speed internet connection. When parents enroll a child in CMC’s SBHC program, that student will be assisted by a CMC nurse that can access the medical provider remotely to be examined, diagnosed and treated. The telemedicine cart is provided by the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance,
a state government supported Alliance, headquartered at the Medical University of South Carolina’s Center for Telehealth.
With Telehealth, enrolled students will receive evaluations remotely, without leaving school. The nurse practitioner at CMC’s school-based clinics can diagnose, write prescriptions and provide medical excuses. If follow-up is required, the CMC nurse practitioner can contact the child’s parents, primary health provider, and local pharmacies. The primary goal is to reduce unexcused medical absences. Additional benefits are a decrease in unnecessary emergency room visits, keep children in school, and prevent parents from having to leave work if a child has a health complaint.
“Pairing Telehealth with our in-school clinics is a smart idea that is already working in other schools that has piloted the program,” said Dr. Shane Robbins, superintendent of the Kershaw County School District. “We are thrilled to partner with CMC to introduce what will surely be a highly valuable service for our students and will help improve population health and graduation rates across the county.”
“Launching our new Telehealth services offers a fantastic, cutting-edge way to increase capacity for access to healthcare” said Susan Witkowski, CEO of Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County. “The partnership with South Carolina Telehealth Alliance (SCTA) services will be a huge asset in helping our county’s students, while simultaneously improving overall community health.”
Telehealth services are now being used by more than 80 schools across South Carolina.
Parents and students can download the SBHC enrollment form at https://bit.ly/2m2IcJ6.
CMC is a community leader in providing healthcare resources and preventative care for twenty years to the uninsured in Kershaw County. They provide primary care to patients at no cost, while also leading a collaborative effort to empower individuals to take charge of their own health and well-being. Learn more at http://www.cmcofkc.org.
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