Children across the country are adapting to the disruption of COVID-19. Now more than ever, telehealth in school is an excellent way to keep our kids healthy and safe. However, the increase in virtual care for children in school was happening well before the pandemic started.
Are you a school administrator interested in implementing these services in your school? Or perhaps you are a physician who is trying to offer your services to more people? Here are some ways virtual health can help children.
The Difficulties Schools and Parents Face
First, let’s discuss the primary issue that keeps kids from getting the care they need—access to convenient care.
If you are a parent with a child in school, you know how inconvenient it can be to take your child to the doctor when they get sick at school. You may have to leave work, pick them up at school, and drive them to the doctor, who might be located up to an hour away.
Some children don’t get sick that often. For others who suffer from chronic conditions that require regular visits to a physician—diabetes, asthma, and developmental disabilities, to name a few—seeing a doctor can be extremely inconvenient.
Many children do not even have access to healthcare outside of school. In some cases, their parents do not make enough money to provide them the care they need. Not receiving essential medical care can lead to absenteeism and cause a child to fall behind. Telehealth at school can help to bridge this gap.
How Virtual Care Helps Kids in School
Here are a few ways that school-based virtual healthcare can benefit children:
Parents and Primary Care Providers Can Participate
Instead of driving from work to school to the doctor’s office, parents can instead join via video. The child’s primary care provider can also join the call for any medical care that requires their guidance.
When injury or illness happens at school, children need to have access to care right away. With telehealth services at school, they can get access quickly.
Disadvantaged Children Can Get Care
Students who would not normally receive care can access the medical help they need at school. Whether they need care regarding dental, behavioral, or medical care, they can get it with the help of technology.
Fewer Missed Classes
When children miss too many classes, they are more likely to fall behind their peers. Students who perform better in class are more likely to graduate from high school, which can improve their overall quality of life. Implementing telehealth in school can make it so they only miss part of the day.
Get More Information on Implementing Telehealth Services
Are you interested in learning how to implement virtual health services at your school? Want to offer your health services to schools in your area? Get in touch with Virtual Possibilities today so we can discuss your needs.