Dallas Leads the Charge Connecting Students to Telemedicine

admin | May 25, 2018

Telemedicine has enabled our members to enjoy access to quality care when and where they need it. We’re proud to provide services in Dallas, which is leading the charge in connecting students to telemedicine as an early-intervention strategy.

As reported by WSJ.com:

“School nurses say telemedicine helps them treat students faster right at school, reducing risk of infection, getting the students back to class faster and relieving a big burden on the students’ families.”

While telemedicine has its limitations (abdominal searches, for example) it’s an exciting option for providing students with psychiatric care. Academia can be stressful, and with rising suicide and mass shooting rates, the importance of increasing access to this type of ongoing treatment is invaluable.

“For instance, if a student is showing significant symptoms of depression and anxiety, a school counselor or school psychologist may seek an evaluation from a child psychiatrist, either through video or in person, says Sharon Hoover, co-director at the Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Parental consent is often required before a psychiatric consultation can be given. The rules vary from state to state, but tele-psychiatrists typically try to involve parents.”

Read more about telemedicine’s exciting future in healthcare here.