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MDLIVE expands Walgreens’ telehealth services

ndahlberg@miamiherald.com

South Florida-based telehealth provider MDLIVE announced that it has added access to behavioral health services through its partnership with Walgreens.

Behavioral health services provided by Breakthrough, an MDLIVE company, are available with without prescriptions throughout the United States. In addition, behavioral health prescribing services will be available in 20 states including Florida. Walgreens consumers will now also have access to more than 1,000 licensed therapists nationwide to schedule secure video sessions by appointment, said MDLIVE CEO Randy Parker.

Teletherapy is one of the fastest growing sectors of the virtual healthcare market. In a 2013 study conducted by University of Zurich clinical researchers on patients who received psychotherapy for depression via the Internet, 95 percent of those patients who received telehealth services were satisfied with their experience, versus 91 percent of patients who received conventional treatment.

Through Walgreens, MDLIVE already offers 24/7 access to board-certified, primary-care doctors via online video, mobile app or phone; the cost per visit is $49. The collaboration between MDLIVE and Walgreens launched in December 2014.

Breakthrough Behavioral Services can be accessed from the Walgreens website, or the Breakthrough mobile app; the cost per visit is based on the therapist selected. Breakthrough accepts most insurance plans.

The venture-backed MDLIVE, founded in 2009, is based in Sunrise.

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