Florida hospital, local resorts partner to offer in-room telehealth to tourists

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Hollywood, Fla.-based Memorial Healthcare System has teamed up with local hotels and resorts to offer its telemedicine services, dubbed MemorialDOCNow, to hotel guests and tourists, according to Hollywood Gazette.

To access the telemedicine services, guests download the MemorialDOCNow app when they arrive to a participating hotel to address non-emergency medical concerns for a $59 medical service fee. The service is available to international and out-of-state guests 24/7 but the fee does not qualify for reimbursement by health insurance.

"With this first-of-its-kind partnership, Memorial Healthcare System is providing a convenient, cost-effective alternative to emergency room or urgent care center visits for medical care for minor conditions and illnesses," Bill Manzie, administrative director of telehealth strategy at Memorial, told the Gazette. "Our goal is to have local partners who agree with our forward thinking, which ultimately will help Hollywood to be known as one of the most innovative vacation destinations in Florida. "

The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood is the first hotel to partner with Memorial for the telehealth service, but the hospital is looking to expand with other nearby hotels.

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