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The Wheels on the Bus Go Round to Bring Preventive Care to Kids During COVID-19

Doctors hit the road to keep their pediatric patients’ care up to date using Epic

Doctors at Lake Country Pediatrics wanted to keep kids from falling behind on regular preventive care while in-person visits were postponed during the coronavirus. They decided to try a kid-friendly twist on traditional home visit. They gathered all the supplies needed for well-child checkups and hit the road—in a school bus.

On the bus, clinicians have access to a patient’s complete record in Epic, where they can check immunization histories, take notes about kids’ health, send prescriptions electronically, and write a summary of each visit that parents can access in MyChart.

“The response from parents has been incredibly positive,” said Dr. Nathan Fleming, a Lake Country Pediatrics physician. “During this public health crisis, we have been able to bring the clinic experience to our patients and continue our patient-centered care.”

In light of parents’ enthusiasm for the convenience of the mobile clinic, Lake Country Pediatrics plans to keep the bus running even when coronavirus precautions are no longer needed.

Read more about Lake Country Pediatrics’ mobile clinic from CBS 58 News.