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Telemedicine Becoming More Relevant to Children's Health Within School Systems.
Date:12/1/2008

AMD Global Telemedicine, Inc. deploys telemedicine devices into a newly launched child telehealth pilot program. 17 school sites in Sevier County, Tennessee participate in the very successful program.

North Chelmsford, MA (PRWEB) (PRWEB) December 1, 2008 -- AMD Global Telemedicine & Cherokee Health Systems collaborated to help launch a telemedicine program in 17 schools in Sevier County, Tennessee. In addition to this new technology, all Sevier County schools from grades Kindergarten through eighth grade now have a registered nurse.

The Sevier County School System, through a partnership with Cherokee Health Systems, announced the launching of the Sevier County Student Medical Assistance Response Team (S.M.A.R.T.) at the 17 schools in the district with elementary and middle grades. Telemedicine is a key component of S.M.A.R.T. Telemedicine is being used to connect the K-8 children of the school district through video imaging to medical providers (while those children stay at school). The telemedicine connection is a secure, two-way video link with the child and the school nurse on one end, and a medical provider on the other.

During a telemedicine visit, a child can be screened, examined, diagnosed, treated, and monitored. Special equipment gives the medical provider the ability to examine the child's ears, eyes, nose, throat, lungs, skin, etc. The ability to keep students in school to diagnose, rather than have them miss important class time is extraordinary in the eyes of both administrators and parents. This leads to more time in the classroom, overall better performance in class without worry of children falling behind and eventually a higher graduation rate. It's also very helpful for parents who can remain at work and not have to worry about losing valuable time to what can generally be very lengthy, time consuming doctor's appointments.

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