Technology is helping Kentucky school nurses evaluate sick students with the aid of doctors who are miles away. "Telemedicine" allows doctors to see patients using video cameras, scopes, television monitors, and telephone lines.
The technology is in use at three Harrodsburg, Ky., schools, including Evan Harlow Elementary.
In a recent demonstration, school nurse Teresa McIlvoy shone a lighted scope into the mouth of Eli Edwards, a slightly feverish second-grader. Images from the scope can be transmitted via telephone lines to a Harrodsburg pediatrician's office, where doctors see real-time images of ears, throats and skin.
"We're trying to screen people and