Case Study

The Center for Rural Health Innovation: My Health-E Schools

Situation:

The mountains of North Carolina presented a geographic challenge when it came to providing proper healthcare for children in local schools.  A school based health care system meant that parents would spend less time shuffling kids to and from doctor’s appointments during work hours and also avoid those expensive and time consuming after hours visits.

Solution:

SKC recommended that all schools in the area have an AMD Telemed ED cart installed, allowing children to be seen by healthcare providers without ever having to leave school.  The Telemed ED cart was designed specifically for school based healthcare use.  Each cart is equipped with a digital stethoscope, general examination camera, a digital otoscope and Agnes Interactive Telemedicine Software, allowing the doctor to view all the medical device data and experience live interaction with the patient.  Dr. Steve North, President and Medical Director of the Center for Rural Health Innovation, says, “As a school-based healthcare provider and a user of several AMD products, I feel that Telemed ED provides high quality technology in an easy-to-use package for schools.”  SKC not only supplied AMD telemed carts, but implemented Cisco infrastructure for multipoint conferencing, firewall traversal and Jabber desktop video.

Results:

SKC’s solution has been installed in 14 schools in the counties of Yancy and Mitchell, giving them the ability to get students on the road to health quickly.  The goal is to get Telemed ED carts into all schools in the area, causing kids to miss less school and parents to miss less work driving back and forth from appointments.