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Additional School-based Telehealth Center added to Potter Street Elementary September 2015

Memorial Hospital and Manor announces receipt of grant funding from the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth to operate an additional rural school-based telehealth program at Potter Street Elementary School.  The grant award begins for the current school year.

The purpose of the school based health centers are to:

  • Provide primary medical care and behavioral health services at each site.
  • Offer health services in the school building or on campus in a space that is adequate for service provision and that ensures confidentiality.
  • Utilize outreach activities to enroll students and encourage use of the school-based telehealth center(s) throughout the school year.
  • Integrate health promotion efforts with the school community served by the school-based telehealth center(s).
  • Maintain a Community Advisory Council (CAC) which has clearly-defined roles in guiding sustainability efforts, monitoring quality improvement, and lending expertise in helping to promote the school-based health center(s) to the broader community.
  • Target services to student populations with documented needs such as low-income status, lack of access to primary care, uninsured or underinsured, and/or evidence of poor health status.
  • Link with community resources for services not provided onsite.

The health center at Potter Street along with the current centers at Jones Wheat and West Bainbridge will have access to the primary care provider via telehealth links, or direct phone access to our pediatric clinic and emergency department staff.  Where appropriate, our medical provider may attend to a medical situation in person at the health center when a telehealth interface is inadequate to provide an ideal assessment. If communication is required for outside consultants and providers, that will occur through established HIPAA compliant channels and established EHR links with authorized partners.

Dr. April Aldridge stated, "Both Dr. Rayfield and I are excited about the addition of another health center at Potter Street Elementary.  Our TeleHealth Centers provide access to primary health services to our students. We are committed to expanding these services in the future to other school sites.  Parents of students attending Potter Street elementary that are interested in enrolling their child for these health services should contact the School Nurse at Potter Street."

“This is great news that we are excited to share with the community.  We are very fortunate as a community to now have three school-based telehealth centers.  We continue to look forward to working with the Decatur County Board of Education to provide additional care for the children of Decatur County,” said Billy Walker, CEO of Memorial Hospital and Manor. 

“We have only begun to scratch the surface of the planned services we will be able to offer through our telehealth network,” cited Dr. Winston Price, Chair of Pediatrics and Medical Coordinator for the Decatur County Telehealth Project.


 Rotary hears about Telehealth from The Post Searchlight

http://www.thepostsearchlight.com/2015/03/17/rotary-hears-of-telehealth-program/


Virtual doctors treat real patients at remote digital clinics from FOX NEWS

By Gene J. Koprowski  Published March 06, 2015

FoxNews.com

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/03/06/virtual-doctors-treat-real-patients-at-remote-digital-clinics/

 


 

TELEMEDICINE.COM NEWS

March 2015

Telemedicine Keeps Kids in School

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For immediate release: The Decatur County Telehealth School Clinic has successful Inaugural Sick Child Visit

When, Where: February 23, 2015, West Bainbridge Elementary School in Bainbridge, Georgia

A student from West Bainbridge Elementary became the first student to experience the benefits of Decatur County’s Telehealth school based clinic. This type of 21st century health care interaction allowed the student’s mom to minimize the extra travel it would have taken to pick her child up from school and then carry her to Memorial Pediatrics to be seen. It also allowed the student to remain in school and attend classes during the time leading up to her medical telehealth visit which meant that obtaining healthcare did not interrupt her education.

After receiving permission from the parent, School Nurse Becky Loyd, RN, was able to arrange the emergency telehealth visit on short notice. She was then able to transmit electronically the patient’s enrollment packet to Memorial Pediatrics via a secure e-mail interface. After reviewing the student’s medical history, Dr. Winston Price from Memorial Pediatrics was able to connect with the School Nurse via the secure telehealth interface to view the physical problem in real time while Nurse Loyd manipulated the transmitting equipment on her end.

The superior technology and training, provided by the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth to the Decatur County Telehealth team as part of this grant, allowed for a crystal clear view and a remarkable televideo connection to chat with the patient and mother during the telehealth visit. Due to having a collaborating partnership with Bainbridge Pharmacy, the family had the choice of having the medicine delivered to the school as opposed to going to the pharmacy to pick up the student’s medication.

The staff from Memorial Pediatrics were amazed at how quickly and efficiently the process was completed. School Nurse Loyd was impressed with the added value of the telehealth program and commented, “To be able to get a child medical help so quickly and easily was amazing. This is a tremendous benefit for the children and their families.”

Positive feedback from the parent supported this new program and made our inaugural visit a success. The parent’s mother stated, “The experience of Telehealth was wonderful! I am also a teacher for the Decatur County School system. This experience allowed me to interact with the doctor and get my child treated without her missing school and me having to miss work. The neatest part of the experience was that I was able to see what the doctor saw! At a regular doctor's appointment, only the doctor gets to see inside of your ear. I was able to see the redness and drainage in my child’s ear on the screen. It is a service that I plan to take advantage of in the future!”

Dr. Price stated that, “We will continue to promote and enhance this new technology that will allow us to improve access to healthcare for the children in Decatur County. I am thrilled that this service is available, and I trust that we will be able to garner the sustainability support from the community so that we can expand the offering to all schools in Decatur County.”

Dr. April Aldridge from the Decatur County Board of Education stated, “We are thrilled that our inaugural telehealth visit was a success, and was such a positive experience for the parent. Our goal is to provide easier access to care for all of our students, and to make things easier for our parents. We will continue to educate the community and parents about the benefits of our new telehealth program.”


Decatur County Board of Education School Nurses Receive Training on Telehealth Equipment

On Friday, February 6, 2015, the School Nurses from the Decatur County Board of Education Schools received training for the telehealth equipment.  The training was conducted by Loren Nix from the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth.  The session was very informative, and covered all of the basic instructions on how to operate the equipment.  School Nurses from all of the Decatur County Schools participated in the training session.  The equipment includes a laptop work station, web cam, Horus Scope (for monitoring and viewing eyes, ears, nose, and throat), and blue tooth enabled Stethoscope.  Training will be held next week at Memorial Pediatrics and Amelia Medical Plaza.  This is the next step in the process of opening the telehealth based school clinics at Jones Wheat and West Bainbridge Elementary Schools.

 

 

 

 


Telehealth Enrollment Sessions Announced

The enrolment sessions for the Decatur County Telehealth program have been established.  Parents interested in enrolling their child or children for the Telehealth program should attend one of the sessions.  Staff will be available to assist with the Telehealth enrollment packets as well as answer any questions.  Parents can attend any of the sessions regardless of the school their child may attend.  These enrollment sessions will bring us one step closer to opening the doors to being Telehealth student visits. 

Enrollment sessions:

Jones Wheat Monday February 2nd

6:00pm 

West Bainbridge                             Tuesday              February 3rd         

7:00pm

Jones Wheat Wednesday February 4th

8:15am

West Bainbridge Thursday February 5th

9:00am

For a printable flyer, click here. 


Telehealth Equipment Installed on 01/23/2015

Computer specialists began installing the necessary equipment for the Decatur County Telehealth program on Friday, January 23, 2015.  Equipment was installed at Jones Wheat Elementary, West Bainbridge Elementary, Amelia Medical Plaza, and at Memorial Pediatrics.  This is the next step in the process for having the Telehealth program available at both schools. 

 


  Planning Team Attends Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth Summit

The core planning team for the Memorial Pediatrics-Bainbridge BOE (MPBB) School Based TeleHealth Clinic (SBTC) attended the 4th Annual Telehealth Clinic Summit hosted by the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth (GPT) in Tifton GA. Attending the meeting was April Aldridge, Assistant Superintendent; Becky Lloyd, RN School Nurse at WBE; Bonnie Provence, RN School Nurse at JWE; and Winston Price, MD Chair of Pediatrics for Memorial Hospital and Manor.

The meeting was attended by the largest audience to date of the many SBTCs that are operating in the Southern GA schools. Presenters included leadership members of the GPT, SBTC specialist from Ware County, Coffee County and from the Berrien Elementary School system. Irene Munn representing the Lt. Governor’s Office also presented an overview of the state of Georgia Healthcare from a fiscal perspective. The Executive Director for the GPT also introduced the representatives from Zambia’s Telehealth Project, headed by Dr. Savior Chishimba to highlight the global outreach of the GPT and this growing healthcare delivery technology.

The MPBB SBTC continuing to move forward in its planning process and will hold its first Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting on December 16th in Bainbridge.

 For more information please contact Dr. Winston Price at WinstonP@MH-M.org or April Aldridge at aaldridge@dcboe.com .


Memorial Hospital and Manor announces receipt of grant funding from the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth to operate a rural school-based telehealth program at Jones Wheat and West Bainbridge Elementary Schools.

On September 16, 2014, The Georgia Partnership for Telehealth announced two awards to Memorial Hospital and Manor along with Memorial Pediatrics and the Decatur County School System for the periods 2014-2015 totaling $60,000 to establish school-based telehealth centers at Jones Wheat and West Bainbridge Elementary Schools in Bainbridge, Georgia.

The purpose of the school based health centers are to:

  • Provide primary medical care and behavioral health services at each site.
  • Offer health services in the school building or on campus in a space that is adequate for service provision and that ensures confidentiality.
  • Utilize outreach activities to enroll students and encourage use of the school-based telehealth center(s) throughout the school year.
  • Integrate health promotion efforts with the school community served by the school-based telehealth center(s).
  • Maintain a Community Advisory Council (CAC) which has clearly-defined roles in guiding sustainability efforts, monitoring quality improvement, and lending expertise in helping to promote the school-based health center(s) to the broader community.
  • Target services to student populations with documented needs such as low-income status, lack of access to primary care, uninsured or underinsured, and/or evidence of poor health status.
  • Link with community resources for services not provided onsite.

The health center in each school will have access to the primary care provider via telehealth links, or direct phone access to our pediatric clinic and emergency department staff.  Where appropriate, our medical provider may attend to a medical situation in person at the health center when a telehealth interface is inadequate to provide an ideal assessment. If communication is required for outside consultants and providers, that will occur through established HIPAA compliant channels and established EHR links with authorized partners.

Billy Walker, CEO and Winston Price, M.D., Pediatric Chair, both of Memorial Hospital and Manor are the primary sponsors of the SBTC grant working in direct collaboration with Dr. April Aldridge, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from the Decatur County Board of Education.

“The partnership between Memorial Pediatrics and the Decatur County School System fostered by the SBTC initiative will forge a lasting bridge toward improving health outcomes and providing greater access to care for populations at risk” says Dr. Price.

Dr. April Aldridge stated, "Both Dr. Rayfield and I feel positive that the impact of this community partnership will be beneficial to our students at the two selected elementary schools. The addition of Telehealth Centers will provide access to primary health services to our students. We look forward to this positive collaboration with our community health partners and hope that this opportunity will be expanded in the future to other school sites."

“This is great news that we are excited to share with the community.  This is another way that we can provide better access to health care for our community.  We know that this partnership will be a success, and look forward to working with the Decatur County Board of Education to provide additional care for the children of Decatur County,” said Billy Walker, CEO of Memorial Hospital and Manor. 

Background Information:

Georgia Partnership for Telehealth (http://www.gatelehealth.org/)

Georgia Partnership for Telehealth has become one of the most robust, comprehensive networks in the nation.   GPT's experience in implementing Telemedicine includes nursing homes, school clinics, correctional facilities, specialty clinics, Emergency Departments, ICUs, TPA stroke assessments, child advocacy, education, primary and specialty care physician clinics.  This statewide collaboration among policy makers, healthcare providers and patients has led to a tremendous rate of success. In January, 2013 GPT reported patient encounters increasing from 8 patient visits in 2006 to over 75,000 in 2012. GPT now has over 350 locations with over 200 specialists and healthcare providers, representing over 40 specialties participating in network. Providing access to healthcare via telemedicine has proven to cut costs on travel, work time and provides earlier access to care therefore preventing the large costs of untreated healthcare problems. GPT's services and support can provide a state of the art telehealth solutions for Georgians.

School-based health centers are defined in the Children's Health Insurance Reauthorization Act of 2009:

(A)IN GENERAL.—The term ‘school-based health center’ means a health clinic that:

(i) is located in or near a school facility of a school district or board or of an Indian tribe or tribal organization;

(ii) is organized through school, community, and health provider relationships;

(iii) is administered by a sponsoring facility;

(iv) provides through health professionals primary health services to children in accordance with State and local law, including laws relating to licensure and certification; and

(v) satisfies such other requirements as a State may establish for the operation of such a clinic.

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