That is a prime example of why we need engineering in schools. Deficiency of data-sharing among colleges, pediatricians and households is particularly exacerbated, because graphs are or locked in the school’s system. An electronic medical record can facilitate faster access to data for maintenance and monitoring coordination. It could prevent tragedies, absenteeism and costs.
Any school parent knows the drill: fill out the paper forms on the first day of each year authorizing the school nurse to administer medications with the child’s pediatrician’s acceptance. Vaccinations, of course, need to be up to date. Gets overwhelmed attempting to screen children who suffer with serious chronic diseases, such as diabetes, asthma and seizures, in the pool of hundreds of pupils.
Back home, I became acutely aware of the way we lagged behind in using technology. I’m a doctor to the iGeneration. I’ve patients as young as those that look adept at manipulating an iPad, yet their school stays mostly stuck into a sepia-tone world.
Faculties need to realize they are not just in education’s business, they’re also in the healthcare enterprise. Both go hand in hand.
Yet legislation on that front should assist, too. Poor wellness is among the leading causes of school absenteeism, and the latter is linked to low academic performance. To hold schools accountable, the majority of states have selected absenteeism for a measure of performance under the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015. That may translate into millions of dollars in decreased state funding for school districts, which ought to motivate officials to deal with the motive one in six students misses class differently.
Technology is advancing in life, because wellness plans still rank at the bottom of financial priorities but colleges are being left behind. As the dad of a boy who’s more prone to seizures, I worry.
Technology is advancing into everyday life, but universities are being left behind because health plans still rank in the base of funding priorities.
Some fall through the cracks. More than six million children under the age of 18 suffer from asthma; it is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under 15 and a significant cause of school absenteeism. I’ve had children with asthma under my care in which the school nurse knows the condition. People who suffer severe attacks are on steroids and also need their medications a situation schools don’t properly monitor. Because of this, some students wind up in the intensive care unit demanding more aggressive therapy. It’s devastating for the families, and very frustrating for pediatricians.
There’s no excuse. Medical records were brought by the 2009 HITECH Act to physicians and hospitals ’ clinics along with the 2010 Affordable Care Act jumpstarted innovation throughout the healthcare spectrum. Funding in digital health startups continues at a record-breaking pace, with venture capitalists investing $8.1 billion last year, based on Rock Health. The money targeted healthcare providers, pharmaceutical companies and customers. Only a bit under $60 million — moved to pediatric-related technology in 2018. Young businesses and their backers have overlooked what I believe health’s field: our colleges.
I got a peek of the potential back of technology in 2010. I flew to Haiti in the wake of the 2010 earthquake that was catastrophic to help treat children. Trauma was suffered by many, but I found myself caring for small ones with chronic conditions. Together with my own stethoscope, my smartphone and computer quickly became essential tools in my bag, since I sent images and emails to colleagues in Miami.