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Objective 5: School-Based Telehealth Clinics

What

School-based telehealth allows for care to be efficiently delivered directly to children in the school setting.  School-based clinics are associated with many benefits, such as improved access to care, reduced emergency room use, improved academic outcomes, and improved control of chronic diseases.  However, school-based care is often difficult to sustain as it provides an inefficient source of income for providers.  Telehealth allows the providers to serve multiple schools in the same day as well as bring in additional care such as mental health, speech therapy, and asthma management.  Telehealth also allows school clinics to operate in rural areas regardless of the size of the school.

Why

Children along the I-95 Corridor and other rural areas of South Carolina receive less preventive care and go to the emergency room twice as often for conditions such as asthma.  School-based care can reduce the access barriers that lead to this reality.  Improved control of chronic diseases and easy access to health care will improve the health of our children while also reducing the cost of care, not to mention the benefit of less missed school and work days for the families.

How State-Appropriated Funds Will Be Utilized

  • Capital expenses will be covered to provide telehealth technology in the school setting.
  • Funds will support dedicated provider availability to staff the school clinics.

What to Expect and Will Be Measured

increaseChildren accessing care

 

decreaseChildren being seen in the emergency room and associated reductions in cost