Prince George’s County Public Schools have successfully partnered with the nation’s largest provider of pediatric telemedicine to bring virtual care to public school students.
Beginning in October, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) will begin offering public school students virtual telemedicine resources to help close gaps in healthcare and make care more accessible.
PGCPS recently entered into an agreement with Hazel – the nation’s largest provider of pediatric telemedicine. The partnership provides “students across the county free access to a variety of telehealth services.” Psychiatric services are also offered as part of the partnership.
The program is currently expected to roll out in the county’s middle schools and academies on Oct. 10, and in high schools two weeks later on Oct. 24. Once established at these academic levels, it will be introduced in the county’s elementary schools. Mental health teletherapy resources are scheduled to launch in late October or early November.
dr Travis Gayles, Hazel’s Chief Health Officer and former Montgomery County Health Officer, discussed the partnership and future care WTOPF:
“Students can come into their school health room and if their school nurse or school health technician felt there was a condition that would benefit from speaking to a health care provider — including a pediatrician, nurse or physician assistant — they would push a button and access our system.
Our providers would come and be able to visit that child telemedicine to determine what their needs are, take a medical history and possibly provide a diagnosis and in some cases be able to assist that child as needed issuing a prescription is necessary.”
The partnership with Hazel also includes efforts to work directly with PGCPS families to “ensure greater access to medical care for continued treatment, particularly in neighborhoods where students may not even have a GP, for example.”
WTOPF more detailed the upcoming program:
But beyond immediate clinical care, Hazel will “offer this approach to case management and family resource management to help the family navigate this process of identifying a provider and determining the best provider for needs,” he said .
This is how the program works for students who are looking for mentoring:
After a referral from either a parent or the school, and once a parent agrees, “we provide an initial screening and visit to assess the child’s needs, and then connect them to one of our healthcare providers to conduct follow-up therapy.” ‘ Gayles said.
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