BENTON — At 5, McKenzie Clay can spell her name with the best of them, capital K and all. She’s also a little bit of a telemedicine pioneer.
McKenzie was one of the first students to be diagnosed long-distance between her school, Angie Grant Elementary in Benton, and Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock in a pilot program.
Telehealth is changing how schools deliver healthcare services for both students and staff.
Gone are the days when the school nurse would sit in a tiny room near the principal’s office, administering Band-Aids and aspirin and babysitting sick children until a parent could drop by to pick them up.