What is Health-e-Schools?

Health-e-Schools is improving access to healthcare for students in McDowell, Mitchell and Yancey counties in western North Carolina through telemedicine. The technology is based on high-definition videoconferencing using specially equipped stethoscopes and cameras so that a centrally located health care provider can examine students at multiple schools without traveling. We collaborate with primary care physicians to provide many services, including addressing acute issues such as the common ear ache or stomach ache, chronic disease management, medication management, well-child check-ups, sports physicals, adolescent medicine consultations, and telepsychology / telebehavioral health. Students can also have appointments with specialists from Mission Children’s Hospital for preventative cardiology and psychiatry.

Who can use Health-e-Schools?

Any Student at any of schools we serve (see list on left) is eligible to use Health-e-Schools. Minor students must have written permission from their parent/guardian before services are provided. We send forms home at the beginning of the school year, but they can also be requested from the School Nurse, from or printed from this page.

Faculty & Staff at any of the schools we serve may also use Health-e-Schools. Adults may fill out their paperwork at the time of service or in advance.


Insurance or Uninsured – Regardless, everyone at the school may use Health-e-Schools. We accept Medicaid, NC HealthChoice, BCBS, State Employees Health Plan, and more. Uninsured students & adults will be seen with our sliding fee scale. We will not turn away any patient based on insurance status nor ability to pay.

What purpose does this serve?

Using telemedicine to connect patients to quality health care providers is a proven way to increase access to health services, especially in rural areas; however, the idea of a school-based telemedicine program is unique. Health-e-Schools allows school nurses to connect ill students with health care providers. School-based health centers have been shown to improve attendance and reduce barriers to learning. Health-e-Schools increases classroom attendance for students and decreases time spent away from work for the parent or care giver of the student.


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Here is how our program works:



"The Nurse Practitioner was knowledgeable about my son's condition and helped me in understanding and treating at home for on-going bronchitis. Nurse Practitioner was able to see my son, diagnose his condition, and prescribe medication to him even before I got to the school from work. It was quick and easy and saved my son and me a lot of time."

Rebekkah, parent of an enrolled student

"We are excited to have this opportunity, as there are students in this rural school that are not taken to the doctor when they are sick for various reasons, and this will provide a much needed service to this community."

Angie Anglin, Principal, Clearmont Elementary School

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