By Ken Molestina


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KELLER (CBSDFW.COM) – A trip to the nurse’s office is turning into a high tech and virtual experience at Keller-ISD.

Five schools are participating in a pilot programming in partnership with Cook Children’s Medical Center using telemedicine technology in their nurse’s office.

Stephanie Starleaf, the school nurse at Parkview Elementary said, “I think it’s going to just help me know when a kid can truly go back to class.”

The technology is made up of a computer with webcam and digital medical instruments that allow real time analysis of a patient by a doctor from Cook Children’s Medical Center.

Dr. Justin Smith is one of the first doctors in the program and comments about the efficiency of the process and the accuracy of the telemedicine equipment, “I can treat an ear infection just as well this way as if the patient was right in front of me.”

The idea is that the nurse and doctor can conference with the student to diagnosis and treat small ailments.

Michelle Upchurch has an 8-year old daughter at Parkview and says she is in full support of the new program.

She said, “It saves time and money. It’s so hard to get into the doctor’s office nowadays and this just makes it a lot easier.”

Keller ISD administrators hope the program is successful enough to place telemedicine equipment throughout their district school by this same time next year.

 

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