BLOOMFIELD - A new telehealth clinic has launched in Bloomfield. The Indiana Rural School Clinic Network says K-12 students in the Bloomfield School District now have direct access to healthcare services through Greene County General Hospital via video conferencing and other digital technology. 

The clinic is located at Bloomfield Elementary School but will be available to all students in the district.

Representatives say the BSD students will now be able to see a doctor or medical provider through a video-conference. The clinic uses a digital stethoscope and other technology sensory tools to help a linking provider make a diagnosis. The school nurses and related staff have received several hours of training on how to utilize the equipment.

The telehealth clinic aims to reduce challenges that rural students can face when it comes to receiving quality healthcare while school is in session.

“Having critical access to healthcare professionals at the Greene County General Hospital means we can deliver a broader range of services during the school day to our 816 students at the Bloomfield School District,” said Renee McIntosh, school nurse, i n a news release. “This exciting technology will provide a full spectrum of benefits for our children from rural areas.”

The new school-based telehealth clinic is funded through a Health Resources and Services Administration grant made available to the Indiana Rural Health Association.