Thursday, April 18, 2024

Telemedicine service launches in Florida

Need medical advice now? Here’s some news you don’t want to miss.

Local chiropractor and businessman, Lawrence Bentvena, has launched Florida’s first licensed telemedicine consulting service. ClickAClinic, which provides HIPAA-compliant, cloud-based video technology, is a telemedicine platform that’s been approved as a clinic in Florida.

Blogger note: HIPAA stands for the American Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. It represents the rules doctors, hospitals and other providers have to follow to ensure that patient care meets standards for privacy and more.

What does the news about ClickAClinic mean to local patients? The potential for lower-cost, more accessible medical care to home-based seniors and others who don’t want to or can’t travel to their doctors’ offices for timely healthcare. In essence, patients use the platform to privately consult with physicians and other health providers.

Still, telemedicine doesn’t not always take the place of an in-person visit. It’s an adjunct to medical care. Patients with chronic conditions can use telemedicine to enhance communication with a healthcare provider. Plus, it can come in handy for some people with non-emergency health problems.

ClickAClinic’s business model has two components. One is as a care provider that employs doctors and advanced practice nurses. The other is as a platform that local hospitals and healthcare providers, including doctors, advanced practices nurses and therapists, can use to offer telemedicine to their patients.

Licensed by the State of Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration, ClickAClinic features a proprietary video technology to enhance providers’ abilities to make diagnoses or prescribe medications.

The venture is self-funded, says Bentvena, a Wellington resident who owns Millennium Treatment Group, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Lake Worth. He invested $1.5 million in creating the turnkey HIPAA-compliant telemedicine platform.

In an email interview, I found out what readers, including potential patients and local doctors, need to know about the service. Here are his responses:

Boca Mag: When did ClickAClinic provide care to its first patient?

Lawrence Bentvena: That began in 2014, after our [Agency for Health Care Administration] license was granted in Florida, although there were doctors using the site as early as 2012.

BM: How many patient visits have you had since?

LB: I cannot give exact numbers as that is proprietary, but I can say that it is well over 200 completed consultations and that number is growing quite fast.

BM: Are ClickAClinic providers physicians (M.D.s)?

LB: If ClickAClinic is providing the care, then they must be M.D. physicians, physician assistants or nurse practitioners.

BM: Does ClickAClinic accept insurance?

LB: Amazingly, yes, we do! We are an out-of-network provider for purposes of our medical facility license here in Florida.

BM: What does a typical visit cost, out of pocket?

LB: We have a robust fee schedule, which is too broad too mention here, but our basic medical consultation fee currently is $95.

BM: Do you need a camera on your computer to use the service?

LB: If you do not have a camera, please call our customer service department at 800-DRCLICK, and we would be happy to advise you on an adequate USB-enabled camera that you can buy online or at Office Depot for less than $25. And we will walk you through the setup and get you up and running in minutes.

For more information, click here or call 1-800-372-5425.

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About Lisette

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.

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