Founded over a century ago, McLeod Health is a healthcare system with approximately 750 physicians on its medical staff, 2,700 registered nurses, and more than 8,500 employees. McLeod Health has seven hospitals and includes 931 acute licensed beds across Northeastern South Carolina.
Using telehealth to care for school students
Many McLeod patients live in rural areas, with limited access to health care services. However, across the state of South Carolina, telehealth has been growing in popularity as a way to improve access to care by facilitating provider-patient visits over video. As part of this expansion, telehealth is also taking hold in schools, where students can connect virtually with providers during school hours to quickly get the care they need.
While some schools had pilot telehealth programs, many of the processes were still manual, such as faxing paperwork back and forth between the school and the provider’s office. This led to inefficiencies like missing information, slow communications, and added paperwork. In addition, video calls were limited to two participants (the student and the provider), leaving parents and guardians out of the loop.
McLeod Health led the way to implement a more modern school-based telehealth program using state-of-the-art technologies, which allows them to deliver virtual care fast and give time back to students and their families. Read more here