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MDLIVE™ Forges Exclusive Partnership With ECI Healthcare Partners To Create The Nation's Largest Telehealth Network
ECI to manage MDLIVE's Medical Group setting the gold standard in telehealth clinical protocols
By: PR Newswire
Jan. 9, 2013 05:00 AM
SUNRISE, Fla., Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- MDLIVE, a leader in the telemedicine industry has expanded its network of telemedicine physicians by creating a strategic partnership with Traverse City, MI based ECI Healthcare Partners Telehealth. The ECI Healthcare Partnership will give MDLIVE access to ECI HP's 2,300 Board Certified physicians, specializing in emergency medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics. The exclusive partnership creates the largest virtual physician network in the nation and allows MDLIVE the scale to meet its growing demand, while maintaining excellent service and proven quality. In addition, ECI HP will bring more than 40 years of experience in healthcare to manage the MDLIVE Medical Group PA, which will include training, credentialing and managing the telehealth clinical protocols.
"Our partnership with ECI HP marks a major milestone in MDLIVE's evolution and comes at a time when a shortage of physicians is being felt across the nation," states Randy Parker CEO of MDLIVE. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, a physician shortage in the U.S. was expected even before the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010. Now the group estimates that there will be a shortage of 63,000 doctors by 2015 and 130,600 by 2025, as the expansion of insurance coverage and the aging of baby boomers drive up demand for care. "At MDLIVE, we are focused on delivering quality healthcare on demand - when it is needed the most. ECI HP will, with their extensive experience and expansive network of physicians, enhance our commitment to provide anytime, anywhere access to quality patient care at an affordable price."
Founded in 1972, ECI Healthcare Partners still maintains their single cherished principle: quality healthcare is achieved by valuing people. Over the years, they have efficiently managed the care of over 27 million patients in over 30 states and have developed into a network of professional services that reach well beyond emergency departments. As part of the arrangement, two of ECI Healthcare Partners leadership will join the MDLIVE Advisory Board - David Thompson, MD, CHC, FACEP, Chief Information Officer and Chief Medical Officer, SymMetric Revenue Solutions, and Derik K. King, MD, FACEP, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We plan to use our experience and knowledge of emergency medicine and treatment to bring new and innovative ideas to MDLIVE's physician network," stated Dr. King.
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Their cloud-based Virtual Medicine Office software platform makes it possible for patients, medical professionals and plan administrators to collaborate seamlessly and securely via voice, video, email and mobile devices. Payers and providers can also utilize the HIPAA and PHI-compliant system to collect and share clinical data from patient medical records, lab results and in-home biometric devices for real-time risk assessments, wellness advice, diagnosis and treatment.
MDLIVE physicians can diagnose, treat and, if needed, write prescriptions (non-controlled substances only) for routine medical conditions 24/7/365 Anytime, Anywhere. Learn more at mdlive.com and connect with us on facebook.com/mdlivetelehealth to join the telehealth conversation.
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SOURCE MDLIVE, Inc.
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