Telehealth platform provider Avizia is stepping into new territory: while the company has hitherto offered only a software platform, the technology company will now offer access to a network of providers.
By partnering with the physician-run clinical staffing service MLS Telehealth, Avizia will be able to offer customers access to board-certified physicians across 36 clinical specialties. All physicians, who are board certified or eligible, will undergo screening by MLS Telehealth and will come to the platform with prior telemedicine experience. Clinical specialties include internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics, neurology and psychology.
“We recognize that many hospitals need a service of both technology and providers to address patient needs,” Avizia Chief Medical Office Dr. Alan Pitt said in a statement. “To deliver care, we partnered with MLS Telehealth, a leading telemedicine provider network. This will allow us to offer a more complete solution by providing a robust network of physicians on an as-needed basis.”
Founded in 2013, Avizia spun out of Cisco and until now took an approach similar to that use by Carena and Honeywell, which offer managed telemedicine offerings for providers. By combining all the elements of a telemedicine offering into one package, Avizia’s platform links mobile software, as well as traditional carts and peripherals, into a healthcare provider’s EHR and back-end systems. In October, the company raised $6 million in an investment round that included New York Presbyterian Hospital.
The company said the MLS Telehealth partnership and foray into the provider space marks “the next evolution” for the company in their mission to deliver telemedicine to any patient, with any provider, in any place. Both companies spoke of the benefit to healthcare systems that want to implement a telehealth program, but may encounter barriers that prevent them from moving forward.
“A lot of hospitals want to create a telehealth program, but it either seems too difficult or they only really need coverage at certain times of the year and for certain specialties,” MLS Telehealth CEO and Founder Dr. Dan Bensimhon said in a statement. “With this partnership, we hope to remove the barriers they are facing, and give them the scalable staff and technology many of today’s patients have come to expect.”