Starke County School opens fifth Telehealth Center in State
A small school corporation in Starke County is getting a big boost to its healthcare as Oregon-Davis cuts the ribbon on its new Telehealth Center—the fifth one in the state.
The center is located right inside the elementary school and is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. every school day.
HealthLinc gave ABC 57’s Jess Arnold a demonstration Monday.
“Our otoscope looks a little bit different than the ones you would normally see in the office, and you can see through the back of it, kind of cool, you can see what it looks like, and then at this point, it’s just like a normal otoscope, so I’m going to move your hair and put it right into the eardrum, and then you can see that right there on the screen. There’s your eardrum right there on the screen. Looks great,” said HealthLinc Site Manager, Angie Garner, holding an otoscope with a camera in Jess’s ear.
Then, the patient can speak directly with a provider at Healthlinc in Knox right on the screen to diagnose him or her.
“Nikki our provider would see all the vitals. She would see the video on the left side of the screen. She would diagnose it accordingly, and she would call the medications into the pharmacy,” said Rikki Norman, HealthLinc’s representative, communicating virtually from Knox.
- Telehealth and its disruption of the healthcare delivery model is here to stay.
- Is your door open, closed, or somewhere in between? Telehealth and Telemedicine can be intimidating, scary, exciting, and to some completely absurd. Some close the door, and think, absolutely not, we cannot see patients and communicate with other providers through a screen.