Berkeley County School District set to roll out telehealth plan for students

Berkeley County News

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCBD) – The Berkeley County School District is set to hear plans to roll out school-based telehealth during a meeting scheduled for Tuesday night.

Through the partnership with MUSC and the school district, the goal is to eliminate barriers and provide care to students that lack transportation to visit the doctor’s office.

Kelli Garber, School-Based Health Lead Nurse Practitioner, will provide an overview of the program and implementation plan to the school board Tuesday night.

If adopted, the telehealth program could start next school year.

In 2013, the SC Legislature funded MUSC to create a statewide telehealth network and to expand telehealth initiatives throughout South Carolina.

Secure video conferencing and special stethoscopes and cameras are used for the services.

The school district believes the program would reduce ER visits, missed class time for students, lost work time for parents, and eliminate transportation barriers.

School-Based Telehealth Sites:

• St. Stephen Elementary

• St. Stephen Middle

• J K Gourdin Elementary School

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