Telemedicine On Campus : DFW Leads Access to Care
admin | May 25, 2018
Telemedicine On Campus
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 that are leading the charge in connecting students to telemedicine on campus 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.”
Telemedicine Increases Access to Psychiatric Care, Counseling
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.”
Care-Coordination : Telemedicine, Wearables
The combination of telemedicine with wearable health technology that can track everything from sleep patterns and heart rate to rising and falling insulin levels are providing increasingly personal, sophisticated, and accessible health data and monitoring options. Their coordination with convenient smart phone apps help students take a proactive role in managing their health needs while navigating the unique stressors of the “University Experience.” As the doctor-patient experience continues to evolve into a data-driven partnership, telemedicine will become a critical component of care-coordination–a vital part of the value-based health care model. Read more about telemedicine’s exciting future in healthcare here.