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School telemedicine

October 2, 2019


ATMS IN THE INDIANAPOLIS AREA.>>>NEW TONIGHT HERE, ELWOOD COMMUNITY SCHOOLS ARE PUTTING A DOCTOR IN THE NURSE’S OFFICE. THE DOCTOR SEES SIX STUDENTS OVER VIDEO ON THE INTERNET. RICH VAN DYKE HAS THIS STORY.>>>ISAAC IS A 4th GRADER WHO FELT FINE UNTIL MOM VOLUNTEERED HIM. THE NURSE, HEATHER GORDON IS IN HER OFFICE.>>WE HAVE ISAAC HERE.>>HI ISAAC.>>DR. ROBERT IS ON THE COMPUTER.>>I’VE ALREADY PUT THE VITAL SIGNS IN THE DOCUMENT SECTION.>>I ALREADY SAW THEM.>>AND WITH SOME FANCY CAMERAS HIDDEN IN HE MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS THE DOCTOR SEES INSIDE HIS EARS.>>THERE YOU GO, THAT LOOKS GOOD.>>HIS THROAT.>>OH, THAT’S GREAT.>>I GET IT?>>YEAH, I SAW THAT HE HAD SOME DRAINAGE>>AND THEN HIS KNOWS.>>THERE YOU GO, THAT’S A LITTLE BIT BETTER.>>YEAH, HE HAS A COLD.>>NO STREP THROAT, THE FLU OR A VARIETY OF SERIOUS ILLNESSES KIDS BRING TO SCHOOL.>>I THINK IT HAS PROS AND CONS.>>I THINK IT’S OKAY.>>IT TOOK HIS MOM A WHILE TO WARM UP WITH THE TECHNOLOGY.>>AS WE SAW, IT’S ALMOST AS IF EASE RIGHT THERE. I’M OKAY WITH THAT. HE’S RIGHT THERE.>>IT PASSED THE MOM TEST SM.>>IT PASSED THE MOM TEST.>>AND THE TEACHERS TEST.>>WITH A DOCTOR ON CALL, ELWOOD TEACHERS BELIEVE THEIR STUDENTS WILL SPEND MORE TIME IN THE CLASSROOM AND LET TIME IN THE WAITING ROOM.>>SICK CHILDREN AREN’T INFECTING THEIR CLASSMATES DURING THE DAYS IT CAN TAKE THEM TO SEE DRT AND PARENTS DON’T HAVE TO LEAVE WORK TO GET THEM THERE.>>MANY TIMES OUR PARENTS WILL HAVE AN A ONE-HOUR APPOINTMENT BUT THEY’LL BE OUT ALL AFTERNOON.>>DRT CAN SEE AND HEAR HIS PATIENTS BUT CAN’T TOUCH THEM. HE CAN’T FEEL TO DETERMINE WHAT HURTS AND WHAT DOESN’T.>>IF I DON’T FEEL COMFORTABLE MAKING A DIAGNOSIS, I WON’T MAKE ONE. I’LL SAY, GO SEE YOUR LOCAL PROVIDER.>>ISAAC’S DIAGNOSIS WAS SIMPLE.>>HE CAN STAY AT SCHOOL?>>OH, YEAH, DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS.>>ISAAC WASN’T AMUSED.

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