On the heels of a recently released BBC report stating that the global demand for telehealth services is anticipated to grow from 11.6 billion in 2011 to 27.3 billion in 2016, Dr. Alejandro Badia, Founder of Badia Hand to Shoulder Center, announced today they will now accept appointments for Telemedicine e-visits via Zoom for Healthcare, a robust HIPAA compliant e-visit platform. The software allows the patient and doctor to communicate in real time using video conferencing where two way conversations take place and the affected area can be viewed.
Dr. Badia, an internationally respected hand and upper extremity surgeon who has been instrumental in positioning South Florida as a center for clinical excellence and a renowned international medical destination throughout his career, is planning on utilizing telehealth technology to expand access to quality care for both international and domestic patients alike. “For international patients telemedicine e-visits will be used for initial consultations,” Badia explains and adds “this technology removes the barrier of having to be physically at our center in Doral, reducing travel costs and opening the doors to specialized care to those in distant locations”. In addition to offering better outcomes through superior care, telemedicine e-visits can negate travel times for domestic patients for routine post-operative follow up visits”.
Industry experts anticipate strong demand for United States based telemedicine will come from neighboring Caribbean and Latin America countries. The Badia Hand to Shoulder Center team has multilingual speaking intake staff to work with the patients to complete necessary forms and coordinate transmission of their medical records. The average patient will spend fifteen minutes of private interview time with the doctor at which time an initial diagnosis and course of recommend treatment will be discussed.
Telemedicine is here to stay and thought leaders project that its use will continue to expand and put a new spin on the expression” the doctor will see you now”!
About Dr. Alejandro Badia:
Alejandro Badia, MD, FACS is a hand and upper extremity surgeon at Badia Hand to Shoulder Center, a fully integrated clinical facility for the upper limb, including Hand, Wrist, Shoulder and Elbow, located in Doral, Florida. Dr. Badia was educated at Cornell and NYU, trained in orthopedics at Bellevue Hospital/NYU Medical Center, followed with a hand/microsurgery fellowship in Pittsburgh and trauma fellowship in Germany. He has served as worldwide president of the International Society for Sport Traumatology of the Hand (ISSPORTH) and co-founded the Miami Anatomical Research and Training Center (M.A.R.C.), the world’s largest surgical cadaveric training lab and The Surgery Center at Doral, an elite state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center.
Dr. Badia has published numerous articles, written multiple book chapters, and has been an invited speaker or lecturer in nearly twenty-five countries. He is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS) and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) as well as numerous other international hand surgery and arthroscopy associations. Additionally, Dr. Badia served as honored professor at the prestigious Philadelphia Hand Course. For 10 consecutive years, Dr. Badia has been on the editorial review board of the Techniques in Upper Extremity Surgery, comprised of International key opinion leaders in upper limb surgery. Dr. Badia runs an active international hand fellowship, serves on the editorial board of two hand journals and for eight consecutive years, organized a two-day conference and learning symposium for surgeons/therapists devoted to upper limb arthroscopy and arthroplasty.
After years of a successful medical career and a renowned international speaking legacy, he saw a need for specialized orthopedic urgent care centers to immediately assess and treat a range of orthopedic and sports injuries and founded OrthoNOW®, the only orthopedic urgent care center franchise in the country. He serves as Medical Director of the franchise’s flagship location in Doral, Florida which has a team of orthopedic specialists on staff that treat broken bones, sprains, torn ligaments and muscles, cuts, sports and workers’ compensation injuries.
Dr. Badia, a two-time South Florida Business Journal Top 100 Power Leaders in Healthcare and a Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive Leader by Diversity MBA Magazine, has also been honored with Legacy Awards from Today’s Work Comp Professionals and The Doral Business Council. OrthoNOW® was named a “Top Ten Franchise Opportunity” in healthcare by Entrepreneur Magazine and featured in the following media: Franchise Times, Orthopedics This Week, South Florida Business Journal, Franchise USA Magazine and The Miami Herald.
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