Telemedicine Comes to Georgia College Campus

Laptop and StethoscopeIllustrating once again that the world of college education is fertile ground for deployment of cutting-edge healthcare technologies and telemedicine, one college campus in Georgia is about to experience the benefits of telehealth.

On Wednesday, the Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth (GPT), a charitable nonprofit promoting the establishment of telemedicine programs in communities throughout Georgia, announced its newest partner: Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC).

The State College of the University System of Georgia will be the first college campus in Georgia to house a telemedicine clinic in addition to their existing campus health clinics.

The new telemedicine clinic allows students to see a physician at partnering Tift Regional Medical Center when the college’s nurse practitioner is not available on campus. The program will also give the clinic nurse the opportunity to present students for specialty care appointments. The next phase of the telemedicine clinic will incorporate telemental health into the student services and counseling centers and give students access to psychiatrists in GPT’s extensive network.

“This technology will mean a lot for our counselors on campus,” says Tammy Carter, ABAC’s rural studies professor and a key advocate for creating the program on campus. “With students, you can recognize a problem and refer that student to a psychiatrist or specialist, but they may not have the ability to get to that doctor. The new telemedicine program at ABAC will allow the continuity of care and medication management if needed.

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