Telemedicine Is Gaining Popularity In Schools

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Today there is a rising number of children in the US affected by asthma and diabetes. School nurses are treating a wider range of issues than ever before. Even though this increase is known, only 40% of elementary schools in the US have a full time nurse on staff. The use of telemedicine can expand the reach of school nurses and their ability to care for a wider range of illnesses.

Having telemedicine access in schools could change the way chronically ill children are educated. The ability to monitor these children from school would allow them to go back to their classroom and continue a normal educational path along with their peers. Being back in the classroom will improve the quality of life for the child as they are able to get into a consistent routine and continue their social interactions.

Many schools in Texas have implemented telemedicine into their school system, and since 2013 4,000 virtual visits have been conducted from these schools. The school nurse has a cart with a high definition screen and digitally connected scopes which allow doctors to evaluate these children from a far. It is important to note that telemedicine in no way replaces the need for a school nurse but rather improves their ability to provide quality care.

Convenient access to care is becoming increasingly important and is a main reason many people are moving toward virtual care options. The school systems throughout the US are likely to start implementing telemedicine into their system, due to the success many schools have had already. Keep an eye out in your area to see if your school system is next!

Clocktree Telehealth Platform Popup Notification Update

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You can now receive important Clocktree account notifications via popups!

These popup notifications are small messages that appear in a corner of your device’s screen, whether you are logged into Clocktree or not.

They will alert you to upcoming appointments or new secure messages. Since the popup notifications are securely sent, they can include sensitive information like the client’s name and profile picture, a feature that is not possible for email and text messaging.

To enable popup notifications on your account follow these steps below:

  1. Log on to Clocktree and click My Account (find this by clicking on your name in the upper right corner).
  2. Click the Notifications tab where you can enable popup notifications for the different events, and optionally turn on or off email or SMS text message notifications.
  3. Then click Save. A message comes up from the browser asking permission to show notifications from Clocktree. Click on Allow.

This enables popups on your account, but you will need to enable them on each device that you use for Clocktree. If you followed the instructions above, you are done on that device.

For each new device that you log onto Clocktree with, you will be prompted if you want to “Enable popup notifications on this device.” Turn this switch on, then click on Allow in the message from the browser that shows up right afterwards.

You will only need to turn them on once for your account, and then allow them once for each device you use.

Of course, if you use popups and log onto Clocktree from a shared device, we do not recommend that you allow notifications on that device due to privacy concerns.

Your clients also have the option to receive popup notifications.

If you accidentally clicked on Block when prompted instead of Allow, visit Clocktree.com on that device, then click on the padlock symbol to the left of the address bar in the Chrome browser. Find the Notification option (ignore the Popup option further down). To the right on this line click on the option that says Block and change it to Ask. When you reload the page you will be prompted again by Clocktree and you can choose Allow this time.

About these popups and where they are best supported:

  • Popup notifications are a useful, convenient and secure way of being informed about events, but manufacturer support for them does vary.
  • On Windows or Mac computers, the Chrome browser must be running to receive popups, but you do not have to be logged onto Clocktree or even visiting it.
  • On Android devices, the browser does not even have to be running to receive them.
  • On iPhones and iPads, popup notifications are not yet supported, but Apple may be adding this in the future.

If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to contact us at 302-990-8935 or send us an email at info@clocktree.com. Thank you for being a part of Clocktree and we hope this feature is helpful!

 

Telemedicine Technology Is Being Used to Educate Doctors Around The World

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At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, doctor Thomas C. Lee, a pediatric retina surgeon, is using telemedicine to educate Armenian doctors on surgical procedures for premature infants suffering from retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). ROP occurs three times as often in Armania in comparison to the USA and causes permanent blindness in both eyes. Surgery can prevent blindness for these infants but the operation must be performed within two days of the child’s birth.

The Armenian Eyecare Project approached Lee in 2009 and has been working with him since, using telemedicine tools to provide a cost effective educational program. This educational program teaches Armenian surgeons how to diagnose ROP and perform vision saving procedures. In 2017, Lee has been using telemedicine video monitoring to mentor and teach surgeons in the operating room. To date, 4,437 infants have been screened for ROP and 309 procedures have been done to treat ROP.

Since 2016 Lee has been using Microsoft technology which has reduced lag time and buffering greatly. Lee believes that this technology can be used in remote cities throughout the US as well as in third world countries all over the world. This would improve the quality of care in such areas. Telehealth communication is an extremely efficient way to educate doctors in rural areas.

Clocktree believes that healthcare should be accessible no matter where you are. Providers like you are joining the telehealth sector everyday, and providing virtual healthcare options for your patients. If you are interested in offering telehealth services as part of your practice do not hesitate to give us a call at 302-990-8935 or send us an email at info@clocktree.com.

An Inside Perspective on Teletherapy & Entering the World of Telehealth

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Melissa Stringer, LMHC, DCC, and NCC, certified therapist in Sunnyvale, Texas explains her new found knowledge as a therapist using teletherapy. When she first entered teletherapy Stringer was looking for a more flexible work schedule so she could spend time with her newborns at home. Teletherapy was the perfect solution.

Before she started virtual sessions, she had many questions and concerns on how teletherapy would compare to an in person session. She found that becoming Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) certified gave her much more guidance and reassurance when entering this field. Melissa recommends it for anyone entering the world teletherapy.

As she gained a client base she found that her past fears had been washed away. She was worried that she wouldn’t be able to read body language or facial expressions but discovered her fear to be completely unfounded. Stringer believes people are often even more natural over these virtual sessions because they are from the comfort of their own home. She even had clients tell her the online experience was better than their previous face-to-face sessions. 

In her virtual experimenting Stringer did find a few downsides. Dropped calls, poor connections, or frozen screens due to internet strength and weather did not prove conducive to teletherapy. However, she also found her no show rate dropped immensely due to the accessibility of teletherapy sessions.

Melissa recommends to any potential teletherapy clients to do research on platforms and make sure that they are HIPAA compliant and the providers have the proper credentials. If teletherapy is something you are looking to add to your mental health practice check out our website, contact us at 302-990-8935 or send us an email at info@clocktree.com to learn more.