Telmedicine Helping Schools Assess Concussions
Schools in rural areas have a bit of an issue when it comes to immediate healthcare. However, Telemedicine can change this. Imagine being the parent of a football player who has recently suffered a huge concussion, but you are located in a rural area and have a long distance to travel to the nearest hospital.
One hospital in rural Virginia has created access through Telemedicine for parents and patients in this situation: “Jason Freeman, a neuropsychologist at UVa., said a concussion assessment could be done remotely over an audio-video link. On one end would be the specialist, and on the other would be the patient and either another doctor or a nurse practitioner helping with assessment. The doctor on the remote end could easily observe the physical challenges used to diagnose a concussion “such as heel-to-toe walking, opening and closing of the eyes and extending hands to either side.”