Niswonger’s virtual health clinic to bring doctors to students remotely in area schools


IT COMES TO CARING FOR THEIR STUDENTS. AHHH… THAT’S A PRETTY GOOD LOOKING THROAT YOU’VE GOT THERE NISWONGER’S CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL IS BRINGING DOCTORS INTO SCHOOLS USING WHAT THEY ARE CALLING A VIRTUAL HEALTH CLINIC. WHEN STUDENTS VIST THE SCHOOL NURSE, IT WILL REMOTELY CONNECT TO A FIRST ASSIST URGENT CARE DOCTOR OR NURSE PRACTITIONER USING SPECIAL VIDEO EQUIPMENT. THE TECHNOLOGY WILL ALLOW THE DOCTOR TO LOOK INSIDE THE STUDENT’S THROAT, MOUTH, EARS AND EYES, JUST AS IF THEY WERE ACTUALLY IN THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE. THERE ARE A LOT OF KIDS IN THE REGION THAT DO NOT HAVE A PHYSICIAN. THEY DON’T HAVE A PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER. SO WE WANT KIDS YOU HAVE ACCESS TO THE CARE. PARENTS WILL BE ABLE TO JOIN THROUGH THEIR COMPUTER OR SMARTPHONE, ENABLING THEM TO BE A PART OF THE VIRTUAL EXAM WITHOUT HAVING TO LEAVE WORK. THE SYSTEM IS BEING USED IN THIRTY SEVEN SCHOOLS IN BRISTOL CITY, GREENE COUNTY AND KINGSPORT CITY. NISWONGER HOPES TO HAVE IT IMPLEMENTED THROUGHOUT THE REGION BY THE END OF THIS YEARS SEMESTER.

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