Niswonger’s virtual health clinic to bring doctors to students remotely in area schools

Niswonger Children's Hospital Health Clinic

(WJHL) – Local school nurses are getting some extra help when it comes to caring for their students.

Niswonger Children’s Hospital is bringing doctors into schools using what they are calling a virtual health clinic.

When students visit the school nurse, it will remotely connect to a first assist urgent care doctor or nurse practitioner using special video equipment.

The technology will allow the doctor to look inside the student’s throat, mouth, ears and eyes, just as if they were actually in the doctor’s office.

Parents will be able to join through their computer or smartphone enabling them to be a part of the virtual exam without having to leave work.

The system is being used in 37 schools in Bristol, Greene County and Kingsport. Niswonger hopes to have it implemented throughout the region by the end of this years semester.

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