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Georgia passes bill allowing school telemedicine

ATLANTA (AP) - Doctors could treat school students remotely under a bill approved by Georgia lawmakers.

The House of Representatives voted 157-1 on Thursday to approve legislation allowing school districts to include consultations with offsite health care providers as part of their school nurse programs.

Supporters say using technology that allows doctors to treat patients long distance will help rural school systems in Georgia and cut down on expensive emergency room visits.

The bill now heads to Republican Gov. Nathan Deal's desk.

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