Families living in medically underserved rural areas across the United States encounter many obstacles to accessing high-quality outpatient pediatric care, including limited transportation1 and clinician shortages.2 Children insured by Medicaid may face particular challenges finding a primary care physician or scheduling an appointment.3 Poor access to care can result in preventable pediatric visits to an emergency department (ED) for low-acuity illnesses and ambulatory care–sensitive conditions, such as asthma. Telehealth technology provides an opportunity to enhance access to care by connecting health care and community settings. Specifically, school-based telemedicine can facilitate the delivery of necessary, nonurgent care for children without requiring caregivers to miss work or arrange nonemergency medical transportation.
Frey SM, Milne Wenderlich A, Halterman JS. New Opportunities With School-Based Telehealth: Convenient Connections to Care. JAMA Pediatr. 2019;173(11):1017–1018. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.3083
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