EL PASO, Texas, April 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- On-demand virtual pediatric doctor visits are now available to students in eleven El Paso ISD schools starting April 8th. Virtual Care for Kids, the first service of its kind in Texas made possible by Urgent Care for Kids, was selected as the first districtwide telemedicine partner for EPISD. This service provides student-patients through licensed nursing staff the ability to connect via video chat with a Texas-based pediatrician in minutes.
"We were thrilled to be selected for the first-ever pilot program to offer virtual pediatric care to El Paso ISD," said Urgent Care for Kids CEO Brian White. "As the largest school-based telemedicine program in the state of Texas, we've gone to great lengths to prepare and build a best-in-class patient experience and we're proud to partner with such an innovative school district to do so."
This virtual care pilot program is designed to meet the needs of all students enrolled, including those with Medicaid and Tricare plans, at little to no cost. Following the initial pilot program, Virtual Care for Kids will be made available starting the fall semester giving medical care access to approximately 70,000 students across 82 El Paso ISD schools.
"This will give us the instant ability expand the level of services we provide to students who may otherwise go untreated," said Alana Bejarano RN MSN NCSN, El Paso ISD Director of Health Services. "We're proud to pioneer such an innovative program and we believe that will increase attendance and better serve our students and their families."
Virtual Care for Kids gives patients the same high-quality pediatric care all through a 'facetime' conversation minimizing the typical in-clinic wait times and eliminating the drive time altogether. Patients are immediately ushered into a virtual visit room where the pediatric provider within a local Urgent Care for Kids clinic will connect with them via live video from the comfort of their own home.
"Our vision is to ensure that every child in America has the highest quality healthcare right at their fingertips and we're thrilled to make this a reality with El Paso ISD," president Kevin Pearce said. "We've built our model to deliver the best patient experience in telemedicine no matter what device or connection you're using."
About Urgent Care for Kids
Urgent Care for Kids is one of the largest pediatric urgent care chains in Texas providing after hours urgent care services for children ages 0 to 21. Virtual Care for Kids® is the on-demand telemedicine and pediatric video consultation service of Urgent Care for Kids. Urgent Care for Kids operates 10 locations across the Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin and Houston markets providing services for pediatric patients including x-rays, minor laceration repair, and sick visits. To learn more, visit www.VirtualCareKids.com.
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