New EPISD program brings virtual healthcare to students

Education

Students in the El Paso Independent School District will soon be given the opportunity to have a doctor’s appointment straight from their school nurse’s office.

Earlier this month, EPISD launched the largest virtual healthcare partnership in the state. 

Virtual Care for Kids started a new telemedicine program earlier this month with the district.

The program services the schools’ registered nurses using video conferencing with a doctor or pediatric provider.   

The provider will be able to diagnose an illness and even write a prescription to qualified students. 

The program can help treat symptoms like vomiting, fever, allergies, strep throat, flu, and the common cold. 

The visit will be automatically billed to the child’s insurance. Those without insurance and are enrolled in free and reduced meal program will be covered by the district at no cost. 

The program is already in 11 of the district’s schools and has gotten great feedback.

“They really like it, they can be called or joined in on a session, or that their child can be seen by a physician and they get a prescription at the end of the day to pick up,” says EPISD Health Director Alana Bejarano. 

To have your child become a part of the program, they must be registered online at episd.org.

The program will serve all schools in the district by this upcoming fall. 

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