PAOLI, Indiana – Convenient healthcare access through in-school telehealth clinics is again available with a partnership between Southern Indiana Community Health Care (SICHC) and Orange County area schools. The telehealth clinics allow students to be seen by medical professionals through a secure link using digital diagnostic instruments.
The SICHC telehealth services are now available at Paoli schools. The services are expected to be available at Orleans schools in mid-August and in Springs Valley area schools in September.
Online registration formally opened August 1. “If your family would like to use these telehealth clinic services, we encourage you to sign up soon so that all needed documents are in place in advance of an illness,” said Yolanda Yoder, M.D., SICHC medical director. While online registration is preferred, printed forms for submission are also available from Southern Indiana Community Health Care clinics in Orange County and from the school nurse office at area schools.
The URL for online registration is https://sichc.org/school-telehealth-registration/
To properly register, parents will need to submit:
Services at the telehealth clinics can include diagnosis and treatment for acute illness and minor injuries, as well as limited laboratory testing and other services. Any prescriptions made during a virtual visit can be sent to a parent’s preferred local pharmacy for later pickup by a parent.
“The telehealth clinics can treat common cold or flu, cough, and sore throat issues, including strep, ear infections, rashes, pink eye, ear and urinary infections,” said Dr. Yoder. “This service provides the convenient benefit of students being seen at school instead of requiring parents to physically come to the school to pick up and then take their child to their healthcare provider or clinic for care.”
If a child becomes ill at school, the parent may request a telehealth visit. (No child will be seen without the parent or guardian’s permission). Parents can remain directly engaged with their child’s virtual diagnostic process, as they will be given the option of joining any session by phone. Through the school nurse, SICHC will provide a written summary of the session to the parents and to the child’s primary care provider.
No student will be denied service because of an inability of the family to pay. Services provided at the school-based clinic will be billed to the family’s insurance. If a family does not have medical insurance, parents will be referred to a SICHC certified insurance navigator to explore options
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About the Southern Indiana Community Health Care (SICHC) nonprofit organization – Well-known as a high-impact health care provider committed to continuity of care, the nonprofit Southern Indiana Community Health Care (SICHC) organization is committed to providing high-quality, comprehensive, community-sensitive health care utilizing Christ-centered principles to medically underserved, rural communities. As a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), SICHC serves as a “safety net” provider for vulnerable populations and focuses on increasing access to primary care services for Medicaid and Medicare patients in rural communities. SICHC offers medical care in medically underserved areas of Crawford, Lawrence, Orange, and Washington counties. SICHC is a member of the National Health Services Corps and receives program funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. SICHC offers services to all persons, regardless of the person’s ability to pay. For more information, please visit https://sichc.org/