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ClickAClinic named Florida’s first licensed telemedicine service

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As state lawmakers consider increasing telemedicine statewide, one provider of remote services takes the lead by becoming the first licensed telemedicine consulting service in Florida.

In March, the Agency for Health Care Administration approved Lantana-based ClickAClinic as the only licensed telemedicine platform in Florida. ClickAClinic is a cloud-based platform that safely transmits medical information and healthcare services between providers and patients.

Telemedicine, or telehealth, uses telecommunications technology to help patients avoid waiting rooms and late-night visits to the ER.

ClickAClinic employs cloud-based video technology to connect doctors and patients remotely, allowing healthcare providers to deliver affordable medical care to homebound seniors, rural communities, and other underserved regions.

What sets ClickAClinic apart from other telemedicine providers is use of HIPAA-compliant video teleconferencing to enable a physician to make a diagnosis or issue a prescription, instead of relying on telephone consultations.

“ClickAClinic sets a higher, safer standard for telemedicine, which is why it is the only licensed telemedicine consulting service in Florida,” said ClickAClinic CEO Dr. Lawrence Bentvena in a statement. “We look forward to the Florida Legislature enacting guidelines that will help ensure safe practices in this ever-changing and rapidly-growing industry.”

Bentvena is also involved in the effort to pass legislation expanding the use of telemedicine in Florida. Currently making its way through the Legislature is a bipartisan bill to set up a framework for telehealth, co-sponsored by Senate Health Policy Chair Aaron Bean, a Fernandina Beach Republican, and Minority Leader Arthenia Joyner, a Democrat from Tampa.

If passed, certified healthcare providers would provide telemedicine consultations, with the same standards of care as in-person visits. The bill also allows non-physician caregivers to provide services, as well as requiring documentation of the services in the medical records.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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