At the start of last year we reported the opening of a student telehealth programme in Michigan. At the time two clinics were opened in Branch County with the aid of funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health. A school based nurse funded by the programme provides the initial assessment and where necessary a consultation takes place with a physician or nurse practitioner at the Community Health Centre. The school has special assessment equipment that links via Bluetooth to equipment in the paediatric clinic so that the provider can see and hear what the nurse sees and hears.
Eighteen months on, the programme is covering two thousand and seven hundred students in three school districts and has been awarded one of four annual Ludwig Community Benefit Awards from the Michigan Health and Hospital Association according to a WTVB report. The award is presented to healthcare organizations that demonstrate community benefit by improving the health and well-being of their communities through healthcare, economic or social initiatives.