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School Based Telemedicine

Our school-based Telehealth program is bringing the expertise of Cook Children's pediatrics to schools throughout the area. It's fast, easy and convenient. The school nurse simply connects virtually to a Cook Children's board certified pediatrician or certified nurse practitioner and kids are seen right from the school nurse's office.

Designed with schools, parents, and children in mind, this program saves time, reduces outbreaks of contagious illnesses and lost school days, relieves stress for children, and parents no longer have to leave work right away and try to squeeze a child into a last minute doctor's appointment or urgent care clinic.

Information for Parents

See which schools are participating and register your child.

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Information for School Nurses

Helpful resources and support for participating school nurses.

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Information for School Administrators

Learn about the advantages of school based telehealth.

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How does it work?

With the parent's permission, a student may be evaluated by a board certified pediatrician or certified nurse practitioner through a telemedicine conference. Parents have the option of being a part of the virtual visit by logging into a secure website or joining by phone. If the child has a condition appropriate for telemedicine, the school nurse can connect with a Cook Children's pediatrician or nurse practitioner.

School nurse and student
Nurse practitioner

The Cook Children's provider will complete an assessment of the student to include input from the school nurse and participating parent/legal guardian during the visit. The school nurse will assist the provider during the evaluation through the use of special equipment as needed. The provider can hear the student's heart and lungs with a digital stethoscope. The provider can closely examine the student's ears, throat, rash, or abrasions with a high definition camera.

Upon completion of the evaluation, the provider will give instructions for follow-up care and submit a prescription to the pharmacy of choice if needed. A record of the student's visit will be kept in Cook Children's medical records for future reference and a copy is sent to the primary care physician on record. A return to school note is sent to the school if needed. The parent/guardian will have access to all treatment information through the Cook Children's online health record portal.

Meet our nurse practitioner

Andrea Owens

Andrea Owens is a certified Nurse Practitioner in both Pediatric Primary and Acute Care. She has been practicing as a nurse practitioner since 2004. Her initial field of expertise was Pediatric Hematology and Oncology before a very welcome move to the Dallas-Fort Worth area brought her to Cook Children's in 2012. After initially working in the Emergency Department and an in-patient unit at Cook Children's Medical Center, Andrea transitioned to the School Based Telemedicine Program in fall 2016. When Andrea is not working or chasing after her four children, she loves to indulge in a good book.

Have questions or need information?

For more information, email us at schooltelemed@cookchildrens.org.