CARESOURCE PARTNERS WITH BATESVILLE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS TO BRING TELEHEALTH TO ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

(Batesville, IN August 1, 2019)

When Batesville Primary students return to school this year, they will now have the opportunity to see a doctor without having to leave the building.

A new school-based virtual care program will connect students needing medical attention to a pediatrician from Margaret Mary Health. Students meet with a school nurse in a private room, using video conference tools and telehealth equipment funded by CareSource.

Students can be treated for minor injuries or acute illnesses, such as strep throat, ear infections, rashes, pink eye and the flu.

“Rural areas of our state are lacking access to health services. Telehealth is changing the face of health care, increasing access to providers and improving health outcomes,” said Steve Smitherman, President of the Indiana market for CareSource. “We are proud to support this innovative program.”

CareSource joined representatives from project partners Batesville Community Schools Corporation, Margaret Mary Health and the Indiana Rural Health Association at a ribbon-cutting event on Wednesday, July 31st.

Parents must enroll their children in the telehealth program prior to using it, giving permission and providing insurance information. When the child gets sick, a school nurse phones the parent to ask for permission prior to initiating the visit.

Telehealth services will be provided at Batesville Primary during school hours, Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to Noon.

Parents can find additional information and the enrollment form on the school’s website at https://batesvilleinschools.com/bps/.