||Podcast: Keeping Kids in School via Telemedicine
Debra: From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, I’m Debra
James with Healthcare 411. Information for better health.
When kids get sick at
school or daycare, they’re often sent home. But the University of Rochester New
York’s Health-e-Access program gives kids access to remote medical
consultations. Dr. Ken McConnochie explains:
Dr. McConnochie: Parents give permission for care through Health-e-Access
Telemedicine. Using secure internet connections, special cameras and an
electronic stethoscope - doctors diagnose, prescribe as appropriate and discuss
treatment with parents and school staff. This results in fewer missed days at
school for children, and a reduction in lost pay for many working parents.
Health-e-Access reduces health care costs by reducing expensive, time-consuming
visits to the emergency department by over 20%.
Debra: For more information visit
healthit.ahrq.gov/transformingquality. Healthcare 411 is a production of the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.