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New Telehealth technology approved for select schools in Florida

Posted: 8:04 AM, Aug 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-09 08:04:12-04

Florida could become a national leader in Telehealth.

Experts felt that was the future after the state unveiled its first large-scale test of the technology in the panhandle.

First lady Casey DeSantis announced the initiative back in June shortly after the legislature passed Telehealth regulations.

Units like this will now be in 63 public schools when classes begin next week.

 They'll provide mental health services to students still recovering from Hurricane Michael in northwestern counties.

Telehealth allows a physician to video chat with a patient and provides care without needing an appointment at a medical facility.

 State officials say if the units prove beneficial, they could end up in schools across Florida.