Edison Public Library joins libraries statewide in Telehealth Program NJHealthConnect @ Your Library.
The ongoing pandemic has put a spotlight on inequities in the healthcare system, especially among the most marginalized members of the community. Those who suffer most are new immigrants, the elderly, and people from lower incomes who lack access to medical care, technology, and health information that is necessary to make informed choices about their health.
NJHealthConnect @ Your Library is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and the New Jersey State Library.
NJHealthConnect @ Your Library addresses health inequities in the community by providing iPads that are preloaded with apps and links to telemedicine sites for doctor appointments, multilingual health information, low literacy health resources, places for mental health support for adults and teens, the latest COVID updates, and crisis hotlines in New Jersey.
While not free, telemedicine is a more affordable, portable, and convenient lifeline for people with or without medical insurance to connect with a doctor. Telehealth is a skyrocketing trend that grew out of the pandemic and is here to stay with its proven patient satisfaction. It allows people, especially those most vulnerable, to obtain an early-stage diagnosis, prevent illness, seek early treatment intervention, and obtain and renew medications so that health equity is within the grasp of everyone.
NJHealthConnect iPads are available to Edison residents.
iPads have a two (2) hour loan period on a first come, first served basis. If no other person is waiting, the individual presently using the iPad may continue until another individual is scheduled.
iPads are for use in the Library only. Please notify the Library staff if you have a virtual appointment and a quiet room, based on availability, for confidential conversations will be provided for you.
iPads must be returned 15 minutes prior to the library closing.
For further information about the NJHealthConnect @ Your Library program, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (732) 287-2298 extension 5333 and a librarian will return your call.
For additional information on the statewide program, please visit: https://www.njstatelib.org/NJHealthConnect