Telemedicine clinics nearly complete at Carter schools

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) – Carter County has almost completed a project to increase students’ access to health care.

The Elizabethton Star (http://bit.ly/13ELIdJ ) reports the district is moving toward telemedicine health clinics in its schools.

The system will use the Internet and other technology to link a nurse and patient at each school to a nurse practitioner who will help diagnose and treat the student.

Each clinic will have a computer and specialized equipment so the nurse practitioner can see inside a patient’s ears and nose or throat.

Sonya Miller, who oversees the school system’s coordinated health program, told board member this month that four units have been set up. She said software glitches are being fixed and the other units should arrive soon.