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Wednesday, March 02, 2011 9:00 AM
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.

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