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We’re delighted to announce TEAM Clinics was recently the subject of a recent story in Oklahoma’s Shawnee News-Star. In the article, the paper reported that, as of the new school year, TEAM Clinics and Shawnee Public Schools have partnered to provide onsite remote medical visits for students and staff. These services are currently available for Shawnee Early Childhood Center, Shawnee High School, and Jefferson and Horace Mann Elementary Schools.

TEAM Clinics Offers Quality Medical Care to Students

In 2017, TEAM Clinics identified a need in Oklahoma’s communities for accessible, efficient and quality medical care for students. We noticed that they required access to more resources to better serve them. With that in mind, TEAM Clinics worked with school officials to put into place a program to do just that.

With parent permission, students can now see a provider through our video conference services while at school for common ailments like sore throats, ear infections, the flu, and even strep throat.

After putting into place a pilot program in the previous school year, Shawnee district Superintendent Dr. April Grace was so impressed with TEAM Clinics’ services, she was convinced such a program should be implemented on an ongoing basis.

According to the article, Grace said: “the goal is for the district to provide more ‘wraparound’ services to students and families and this is a way to provide a basic level of health care needs.” Her statement is very much in keeping with TEAM Clinics’ overarching mission and its commitment to healthy kids.

At its meeting on August 6th, The Shawnee School Board heard from TEAM Clinic’s CEO, Trevor Nutt, who spoke about the new health care options being offered, along with the District’s Health Coordinator, LaRita Haffey, who also addressed the Board. “We’re prepared to take care of the child,” Nutt said. Haffey said she hopes to eventually roll out the program to all district schools.

How Does TEAM Clinics Work?

TEAM Clinics’ services are designed so that providers can work in conjunction with nurses at local school sites, using equipment to diagnose and treat students’ illnesses.

With access to video conference services, students can speak with a provider while school nurses have access to remote diagnostic equipment. (Training is provided for school nurses and health aides prior to the start of a school year.)

Lifting the Burden From Busy Parents

Our aim is to use technology to make virtual visits convenient for students as well as parents, who can join the conference from work or home using a phone app to ask questions, get information about their child’s condition and request that any prescriptions be transmitted to their pharmacy of choice.

Part of our mission is to ease the burden on parents and guardians, who must so often rearrange schedules and request time off work to take sick kids to see the doctor. Providing onsite access to medical professionals via video conferencing helps us accomplish this goal. Parents can worry less, knowing their children are getting immediate, high-quality health care right there at school.

Since teachers and staff are exposed to students’ illnesses, they can also take advantage of TEAM Clinics’ services.

To explore how TEAMClinics can help your school, we invite you to fill out a short form, or click here to learn more!


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TEAM Clinics once again made the news, this time featured in a Fox25 story about a new service being offered at four Shawnee Public Schools.

The Shawnee Public School system has partnered with TEAM Clinics to offer virtual doctor visits to sick kids. Students will have access to immediate, quality medical care without parents having to take time off work to take a sick child to the doctor.

Helping Sick Kids and Their Parents

Most parents have experienced that sinking feeling, having just received a call at work that a child is in the nurse’s office and needs medical attention. They must scramble to rearrange schedules and ask for personal time off from work, all the while worrying about their child’s well being. And there’s no guarantee they’ll be able to get in to see a doctor that same day, which means they may have to take even more time off from their jobs.

It’s a stressful situation and one that Dr. April Grace, the superintendent of Shawnee Public Schools wants to address.

Putting Technology to Work

Once a parent has given permission, school nurses may initiate a video conference with a doctor when a sick child visits their office. Parents can join the conference using an app, which allows them to be involved in the care process, and provides reassurance their child is receiving the care they need.

“There’s a stethoscope and an otoscope that’s connected, so when we look in [a sick child’s] ear or throat, [readings appear] on parents’ phones and the monitor,” says district nurse coordinator, LaRita Haffey. The parent can participate in real time, seeing the same information as the doctor who is treating the student.

“It’s pretty innovative technology and we’re excited to try it and see how this works out for our families. We think it will be really beneficial, especially during flu and strep season,” Dr. Grace told Fox25 News.

Helping Kids and Staff Recover More Quickly

Availability of quick, on-site medical care and access to medication straight away may help students recover more quickly and return to the classroom sooner. “Getting the student started as early as possible if they need medicine, is really important,” says Dr. Grace.

Teachers and school staff, who are often exposed to the same cold and flu viruses as kids, will have access to this same service which may reduce the length of time away from the classroom due to illness.

Working with Insurance Providers

These visits are covered by most health insurance plans, and as previously reported in the Shawnee News-Star, “The goal is for the district to provide more ‘wraparound’ services to students and family and this is a way to provide a basic level of health care needs,” Grace told the News-Star in August.

The first school district in Oklahoma to implement this type of program, virtual doctor visits are now available at four Shawnee public schools: Shawnee Early Childhood Center, Shawnee High School, and Jefferson and Horace Mann Elementary Schools.

TEAM Clinics is dedicated to making sure children have access to immediate and quality health care, and to reducing worry and stress for busy parents of sick kids. To explore how TEAM Clinics can help your school, we invite you to fill out a short form, or click here to learn more!

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Putting Technology to Work

Once a parent has given permission, school nurses may initiate a video conference with a doctor when a sick child visits their office. Parents can join the conference using an app, which allows them to be involved in the care process, and provides reassurance their child is receiving the care they need.

“There’s a stethoscope and an otoscope that’s connected, so when we look in [a sick child’s] ear or throat, [readings appear] on parents’ phones and the monitor,” says district nurse coordinator, LaRita Haffey. The parent can participate in real time, seeing the same information as the doctor who is treating the student.

“It’s pretty innovative technology and we’re excited to try it and see how this works out for our families. We think it will be really beneficial, especially during flu and strep season,” Dr. Grace told Fox25 News.

Helping Kids and Staff Recover More Quickly

Once a doctor has made a diagnosis he or she can prescribe medication and send any prescriptions to the pharmacy of the parent’s choice.

Availability of quick, on-site medical care and access to medication straight away may help students recover more quickly and return to the classroom sooner. “Getting the student started as early as possible if they need medicine, is really important,” says Dr. Grace.

Teachers and school staff, who are often exposed to the same cold and flu viruses as kids, will have access to this same service which may reduce the length of time away from the classroom due to illness.

Working with Insurance Providers

These visits are covered by most health insurance plans, and as previously reported in the Shawnee News-Star, TEAM Clinics will file claims with insurance providers as part of its comprehensive services. TEAM Clinics will even cover the cost if the child has no health insurance. All paperwork associated with virtual doctor visits is processed by TEAM Clinics, which removes that administrative burden from schools.

“The goal is for the district to provide more ‘wraparound’ services to students and family and this is a way to provide a basic level of health care needs,” Grace told the News-Star in August.

The first school district in Oklahoma to implement this type of program, virtual doctor visits are now available at four Shawnee public schools: Shawnee Early Childhood Center, Shawnee High School, and Jefferson and Horace Mann Elementary Schools.

TEAM Clinics is dedicated to making sure children have access to immediate and quality health care, and to reducing worry and stress for busy parents of sick kids. To explore how TEAM Clinics can help your school, we invite you to fill out a short form, or click here to learn more!


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An illness spreading around the classroom can mean more than just a few sick students. In fact, in January of 2018, at least eight school districts were forced to close for one or more school days in the state of Oklahoma due to widespread flu symptoms. These school districts closed in order to prevent further spread of a particularly deadly strain of the flu, and also because of the sheer number of absent students.

Many schools have quotas regarding the number of students that are in attendance on any given day in order for the school day to count towards their required number of school days, and in many places, too many students (and teachers) were absent for the school days to count.

During this flu season, over 70 Oklahomans died and more than 2,000 were hospitalized. This epidemic highlighted the vital need for flu prevention in our schools.

Schools are also a breeding ground for bacteria and many surfaces are teeming with bacteria and viruses that can cause many students and teachers to become ill and miss school. So what are the best ways to cut down on illness spreading through schools?

The Importance of Hand Washing and Clean Hands

What’s one of the biggest ways that students spread germs? Dirty hands. When these dirty hands come into contact with surfaces like desks, pencil sharpeners, and water fountains, it creates a perfect breeding ground for germs. Kindergartners can contact up to 12 colds per year, while older students may end up with as many as 7 colds per year. The virus that causes upper-respiratory illness can live on surfaces for several hours, just waiting to infect students.

So what’s the best way to prevent bacteria and viruses from spreading to every student in the class? Regular hand washing, proper use of antibacterial hand sanitizer, and daily cleaning and sanitizing of high-traffic areas like doorknobs, water fountains, pencil sharpeners, keyboards, faucet handles, and desks. Hand washing alone can reduce gastrointestinal illness-related absenteeism in schoolchildren by 29-57%, and regular use of hand sanitizer has been shown to reduce the number of students who were absent more than 4 days as a result of illness by 66%.

A study conducted in 2010 found that not only were norovirus (the stomach flu) and the influenza virus were found on 22% and 50% of surfaces in a school, respectively. Not only did they find high numbers of germs on school surfaces, but they also discovered that regular use of sanitizing wipes (ie. Clorox wipes) cut down on illness-related absences dramatically.

Children who were not in these regularly-cleaned classrooms were 2.32 times more likely to be absent, and for longer periods of time than the children who were in classrooms where surfaces were wiped down on a daily basis.

Easy Access to Health Care

When flu season hits, it has a huge impact on absenteeism in your school. Parents may have a hard time balancing their work schedules with finding time to take their child to the doctor. Coordinating treatment information between doctor, parent, and school can be tricky.

With in-school care from TEAM Clinics, not only are children provided care as soon as symptoms develop, but school nurses and teachers are more in the loop; they know what illnesses are spreading through the school, and how better to prevent them.

Catch illness early with access to quick, high quality qualified medical care, right in the nurse’s office with TEAM Clinics. By providing instant access for parents and medical professionals alike, a healthcare provider can make a diagnosis, prescribe any necessary medications, and create a back-to-school plan for the student without leaving the school building.

This means students get healthy faster and are much less likely to spread an illness to their peers, cutting down on absenteeism. Here’s the best part: TEAM Clinics is covered by most insurance companies.

See how TEAM Clinics can have an impact on your school, keeping your students in the classroom learning, where they belong. Contact us today for more information on how in-school care can cut down on absenteeism by promoting healthy kids.


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