Student Health Center experiences drop in patients, transitions to 'telemedicine'

The Student Health Center has experienced a drop in patients due to less students being on campus because of UCA's transition to online learning. As a precautionary measure during the pandemic, the health center is exploring "telemedicine."

Since UCA’s residence halls closed March 29, the demand at the UCA Student Health Center has dropped. 

The drop in demand is due to the residence halls closing and the extra precautions the student health clinic is taking during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The clinic has also switched entirely to telemedicine and telehealth for the remainder of the semester. 

Telemedicine is a video or audio meeting that allows the patients and the doctor, or nurses, to communicate remotely. Telemedicine can be used for consultations and medical diagnoses. It also provides extra flexibility and real-time care with physicians without risking coming into contact with the coronavirus. 

While some hospitals and clinics in the country are running low on personal protective equipment supplies and rationing them, Director of Media Relations Amanda Hoelzeman said the UCA Student Health Clinic has an adequate amount of personal protective equipment and supplies, which is vital to mitigating the spread of coronavirus in clinics and hospitals. 

Students, faculty and staff can call the health clinic at 501-450-3136 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., sign up online at uca.medicatconnect.com/home.aspx or email them at shc@uca.edu to schedule a telemedicine appointment for free.

The UCA President’s Office also posts regular updates regarding the university and the coronavirus at uca.edu/coronavirus, and the CDC provides guidelines for what to do when the coronavirus is contracted at cdc.gov.

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