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Medical assistant Haley Urquidi gives William Huspek-Hein, of Wanatah, a tuberculosis vaccination in August 2016 at HealthLinc in Valparaiso.

John Luke, Times file photo

VALPARAISO — HealthLinc will celebrate its newest site addition — the Oregon-Davis Telehealth Center — at 6 p.m. Monday at Oregon-Davis Elementary School, 5860 North 750 East in Hamlet.

The school-based telemedicine program is a partnership between HealthLinc, Oregon-Davis School Corp., and Indiana Rural Health Association, and focuses on keeping children healthier and reducing the number of absences due to illness.

Available to all Oregon-Davis students, the telehealth center will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. when school is in session.

It allows children to be seen by a health care provider before work or school and without needing an appointment. Registration and a parental consent form must be signed before services can be provided.

“We are proud to bring telehealth to Oregon-Davis Schools,” stated Beth Wrobel, CEO of HealthLinc, which is based in Valparaiso and also has clinics in East Chicago and Michigan City. “The advantages of getting an early diagnosis and immediate health care services can reduce classroom absences, which has been proven to positively impact learning.”

The services available through the telehealth center include diagnoses and treatment for acute illness (strep throat, ear infections, rash, flu, and minor injuries), limited laboratory testing, and behavioral health services and referrals.

Using the Telemed ED, a clinical telemedicine system, a medical provider located at the HeathLinc clinic in Knox and an on-site medical assistant employed by HealthLinc, students can be given a diagnosis, prescription (no medicines will be on-site at the school), and scheduled follow-up visits if needed. Parents can join the visit via phone conference, if desired. In addition, a written summary of the visit is given to the student to take home.

Services will be billed through the student’s health insurance. If the student does not have insurance, services will be provided on a sliding-fee scale that is based on household income. If the student is uninsured, HealthLinc can assist with trying to secure insurance through the marketplace or HIP 2.0.

For more information about the Oregon-Davis Telehealth Center, contact jwexelberg@healthlincchc.org.

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