Doctors Care Becomes First Urgent Care in SC to Offer Telemedicine Services

COLUMBIA, S.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Doctors Care P.A., South Carolina’s largest urgent care company, has
developed and launched its own direct-to-consumer telemedicine platform
to provide direct access to its doctors from a mobile device or
computer. The program, called Doctors Care Anywhere, was launched
in April. It lets patients receive care from board-certified providers
using a secure video connection on a smartphone or computer.


Doctors Care will continue to grow its network of 55 brick-and-mortar
urgent care centers around the state, but this online option expands
patients’ access to its provider network. The launch of this
direct-to-consumer program follows a successful two-year in-center
telemedicine program that’s still used to minimize wait times in the
company’s busiest locations.

The Doctors Care Anywhere platform is scalable to accommodate
future growth outside the State, lightweight in structure to cleanly
layer with existing clinical applications, and is HIPAA-compliant.
Telemedicine patients can access records of their virtual visits through
the patient portal at DoctorsCare.com, just as they can after a regular
clinic visit.

Doctors Care providers staff the online network and practice in the
centers. They can refer patients to brick-and-mortar locations for
conditions that may require additional care – including lab tests and
X-rays. Doctors Care and UCI Medical Affiliates, the non-medical
management company for Doctors Care, worked with local South Carolina
developers, Indesign Firm, and multinational Fortune 500
telecommunications company Cisco to develop their proprietary
telemedicine platform and leverage existing infrastructure strengths.

“It was important to us to use local talent, and the best technology in
the nation, to build a product that would represent the quality and
consistency of the Doctors Care brand,” said David Boucher, president
and COO of UCI Medical Affiliates. “This way, we can deliver a better
value to our patients and providers. Our 35 years in the urgent care
business have taught us to trust our own instincts, and we feel strongly
about delivering the best possible experience to our customers.”

“Our patients want convenience and quality,” said Dr. Thomas Gibbons,
chief medical officer and president of Doctors Care. “Doctors Care
Anywhere gives patients more control by allowing them to see a doctor
from wherever they are sitting, without interrupting their workday or
having to make arrangements for child care to drive to a clinic. Time
and health are valuable commodities. We want to make visits as fast and
painless as possible — and provide the same quality care they would
receive in one of our centers.”

Any person in South Carolina over the age of 18 can use Doctors Care
Anywhere for treatment related to conditions like colds and sinus
infections, UTIs, skin rashes, pink eye, acne, sore throats and upset
stomach. Currently, payments are by credit card only, but it is a
reimbursable medical expense for HSA, HRA or FSA accounts. To learn
more, visit www.DoctorsCare.com/Anywhere.

About Doctors Care

Doctors Care, now celebrating its 35th year in business, is a
leading health care organization focused on delivering exceptional and
convenient urgent care, family care and occupational health services.
Its original clinic, opened in Columbia in 1981, was the first urgent
care center in South Carolina. Now, Doctors Care is one of the largest
urgent care companies in the United States. Its network of 53 clinic
locations continues to expand to serve patients who want quality health
care that’s also convenient and reasonably priced. Doctors Care centers
offer online check-in, flexible hours, on-site X-rays and laboratory
services, telehealth access and more. Visit DoctorsCare.com
to learn more.

About UCI Medical Affiliates

UCI Medical Affiliates, founded in Columbia, S.C., is celebrating its 35th
year as a non-medical management company. It provides administrative
support to its family of businesses, including Doctors Care, Progressive
Physical Therapy and Doctors Wellness Center. These businesses serve
patients and clients at approximately 80 freestanding urgent care and
physical therapy clinics throughout South Carolina and Tennessee. UCI
Medical Affiliates also manages employer on-site medical practices and
related occupational health services. They emphasize quality care,
cost-effective delivery and a close partnership with clients. Visit UCImedInc.com
to learn more.

Contacts

UCI Medical Affiliates
Jill Armbruster
info@doctorscare.com