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INDIANA SCHOOLS TEAM UP TO PROVIDE BETTER HEALTHCARE FOR STUDENTS

Published Monday, January 9, 2017
by Ann Bowdan, WLKY

Indiana schools team up to provide better healthcare for students

Indiana schools team up to provide better healthcare for students Several school systems in Indiana have collaborated to provide their uninsured students with better healthcare. It's called telemedicine technology. Experts with the Indiana Department of Education said chronic illnesses at school are a huge obstacle to teaching students. Many come to school sick, with no access to health care, particularly in smaller communities. "Rural communities, and children in rural communities, have access, or decreased access, to health care and are often isolated from basic services they need to stay healthy,” Indiana Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joan Duwve said. In fact, 100,000 students in Indiana suffer from asthma, and many of them have no access to the right treatment. Some 3,500 students suffer with diabetes and thousands more have severe allergies. Those three conditions alone widely affect learning for children. That's why one Indiana region is opening a new clinic that uses "telehealth." Thanks to a collaboration between the Indiana Rural Health Association, Crothersville Community Schools and Southern Indiana Rural Health Clinic, the new high-tech telemedicine school clinic opened its doors.

Report by WLKY available at http://www.wlky.com/article/indiana-schools-team-up-to-provide-better-healthcare-for-students/8571006