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What is My Health-e-Schools (Telemedicine)?
MY Health-e-Schools is improving access to healthcare for students in McDowell County through telemedicine. The technology is based on high-definition videoconferencing using specially equipped stethoscopes and cameras so that a centrally located health care provider can examine students at multiple schools without traveling. We collaborate with primary care physicians to provide many services, including addressing acute issues such as the common ear ache or stomach ache, chronic disease management, medication management, well-child check-ups, sports physicals, adolescent medicine consultations, and
telepsychology / telebehavioral health.

Who can use Health-e-Schools?
Any Student at any of schools we serve is eligible to use Health-e-Schools. Minor students must have written permission from their parent/guardian before services are provided. We send forms home at the beginning of the school year, but they can also be requested from the School Nurse, from or printed below.

Faculty & Staff at any of the schools we serve may also use Health-e-Schools. Adults may fill out their paperwork at the time of service or in advance.

Insurance or Uninsured – Regardless, everyone at the school may use Health-e-Schools. We accept Medicaid, NC HealthChoice, BCBS, State Employees Health Plan, and more. Uninsured students & adults will be seen with our sliding fee scale. We will not turn away any patient based on insurance status nor ability to pay.​

What schools have the Telemedicine Equipment?
  • McDowell High School
  • East McDowell Middle School
  • West McDowell Middle School
  • Eastfield Global Magnet School
  • Nebo Elementary
  • North Cove Elementary
  • Old Fort Elementary
  • West Marion Elementary​

What purpose does this serve?
Using telemedicine to connect patients to quality health care providers is a proven way to increase access to health services, especially in rural areas; however, the idea of a school-based telemedicine program is unique. MY Health-e-Schools allows school nurses to connect ill students with health care providers. School-based health centers have been shown to improve attendance and reduce barriers to learning. MY Health-e-Schools increases classroom attendance for students and decrease time spent away from work for the parent or care giver of the student.

Enrollment Forms (PDF)