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Grant allows Lebanon students to visit doctor by video conference

LEBANON, TN (WSMV) -

It can be difficult for parents to take their child out of school and try to get to the doctor during the day, but a new system being utilized in Lebanon may make the trip a whole lot easier.

Abby Chance, 13, recently visited with a doctor. But there was a catch. She was in the nurse's office at school and the doctor was across town.

The doctor met with her by video conference from his office miles away.

"I never expected this type of technology and this ability to be able to examine patients through telehealth and be able to treat them and have the tools that we have now to improve our access to patients and their access to care," said Dr. Wayne Wells.

This technology is part of a $500,000 grant called TeleMedicine, putting school-based health centers in the Lebanon Special School District.

Doctors video-conference in and use high-tech cameras to check for things like strep throat or to examine a cut.

Patient information is accessed on a secure server, and after the visit, doctors can even write a prescription.

They say it's helping both students and teachers.

"Instead of missing all of work, they could come and check if it's flu or strep throat. If everything is OK and it was just sinuses, [the doctor] can order that. If if there's no fever, they could stay at work," said nurse Sheila Neal.

The bill is sent to the insurance company, just like at the doctor's office. And once the check up is finished, if the student is OK, he or she can go right back to class.

The school calls a parent or guardian before the child is seen by a doctor. Mom and dad also get a full report on the visit and a note from the doctor about recommended treatments.

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