A group of local doctors are upset after they say the El Paso Independent School District partnered with a non-local organization to begin virtual health care for students after they had gone to the district about the idea first.
EPISD is now using the program called ‘Telemedicine’, which lets students see a doctor via video chat in the school nurses office.
El Paso Doctor and CEO of the company VeMiDoc, Aldo Maspons tells KTSM, he went to the district with his app last year.
VeMiDoc allows the same services as the out of town company Telemedicine. What makes his different, is that it is local, with local pediatricians and specialist.
Dr. Maspons says three months after he pitched the idea, the district rejected his proposal due to a burden on their staff and liability.
“So these are outside physicians who have no ties to El Paso, Texas, coming virtually and seeing kids in school taking students and patients away from pediatricians and it’s our mantra that there’s no better doctor than your doctor,” said Maspons.
Dr. Maspos says he and the local pediatricians working with his app are disappointed that EPISD would fund an out of town service instead of El Paso’s doctors.