BLOOMINGTON - The Indiana Rural Schools Clinic Network is helping patients in smaller communities connect with physicians while still practicing social distancing. The organization is working with healthcare providers in several rural counties to utilize telehealth technology that had been previously installed in schools.
The network has been the driving force over the past two years to install telehealth equipment in 34 rural schools throughout the state. The technology allows doctors to evaluate ill students remotely.
In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Kathleen Chelminiak, the project director of the Indiana Rural Schools Clinic Network, said as the state ordered schools to close her organization realized the potential benefit of using the equipment in response to the crisis.
“We had a couple of healthcare partners reaching out, asking if it would be a possibility to move the telehealth equipment from these school buildings that were going to be closed anyways until May 1 into other remote healthcare locations so that they could potentially do telehealth visits with patients while the pandemic was going on,” said Chelminiak.
Many of the schools have temporarily relocated their telehealth technology to a healthcare clinic or other remote healthcare location in their community.