Freeman cuts ribbon to Joplin Schools’ first Telemedicine Program

JOPLIN, Mo. – Freeman partners with Joplin Schools to launch its new Telemedicine Program for students.

Experts at Freeman demonstrated how an examination with Telemedicine works. Medical grade attachments allow the provider to examine the patient’s eyes, ears, nose and throat, as well as listen to the patient’s heart tones, and breath and lung sounds.

This equipment makes it possible for a diagnosis to be made for any acute minor illnesses or injuries.

“The benefits of having a telemedicine option in our schools are great,” said Dr. Melinda Moss, Joplin Schools Superintendent. “The main benefit is the opportunity to keep the children and staff of Joplin Schools healthy. Having telemedicine will not only enhance health but also keep our students and teachers in the classroom, reducing the number of school days missed due to illness or injury by offering prompt and convenient access to a local Freeman medical provider from our school site.”

McKinley Elementary will be the first school to go online with telemedicine in the next week. The program will deploy 17 units across the district, with medical-grade equipment arriving in Joplin Schools over the next year.

Once completely implemented, the telemedicine program will benefit 8,700 students and staff in the Joplin school district.

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