eMD is a new program being offered for the first time this school year that is fast becoming a tremendous asset to our students and their parents. eMD utilizes the strong information and communications network offered by MCS to meet the health needs of our students. This is known as telemedicine.
By partnering with eMD, students and faculty can receive medical services by visiting the school clinic. School nurses then connect with the eMD Nurse Practitioner assigned to our district via web cam. Tests for strep and flu (among other things) can be administered on site and the Nurse Practitioner is able to evaluate, diagnose, and treat many common ailments. eMD then bills your health insurance at no cost to the school district.
According to MCS Nursing Supervisor Sabra Coker, in 14 days during February over 100 patients were seen by Sharon Smith, Morgan County’s eMD Nurse Practitioner, with the majority coming from Petros-Joyner, Coalfield, and Oakdale Schools.
Both Smith and Deena Rickman, eMD’s Implementation Specialist, were present at the March MC Board meeting. They praised the school nurses assigned to the schools in the district and their dedication and compassion toward the children in MC Schools. School nurses Christina Diden and Caine Hicks, assigned to PJ/Coalfield, and Oakdale, respectively, were honored for assisting in the most cases in the district that were handled by eMD.
If you are interested in learning more about this program, contact your child's school nurse or Nursing Supervisor Sabra Coker.