Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Partners Exclusively with MDLIVE to Offer Second Opinions for Pediatric Care

December 16, 2013

PITTSBURGH, PA - December 16, 2013 - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC announced today that it has become the exclusive pediatric provider of a second opinion service for MDLIVE, the nation's leading telehealth provider of online and on-demand health care delivery services and software.

MDLIVE's network of more than 3 million members across the United States who have a child dealing with a pediatric illness or disease will have round-the-clock access to Children's Hospital experts for a medical second opinion.

"This partnership with MDLIVE is a testament to Children's Hospital's strong national reputation as a leading provider of pediatric care, and we look forward to the opportunity to provide a valuable second opinion service to the families who rely on MDLIVE," said Harun Rashid, vice president, Global Health Services, and chief information officer, Children's Hospital.

MDLIVE's online technology platform will provide consumers the timely care and accessibility to a pediatric second opinion to get the best patient outcome. Obtaining second opinions can decrease medical errors, save lives and reduce health care costs by preventing unnecessary surgeries and procedures.

Children's experts will offer their second opinion for families of pediatric patients who have received a first opinion from their primary care physician and would like confirmation that the diagnosis or treatment plan that is recommended is the best option.

"As the leading telehealth provider in the nation, we are pleased to partner with one of the top 10 Children's Hospitals in the nation," said Randy Parker, chief executive officer of MDLIVE. "We are proud to work with Children's Hospital and look forward to a relationship that will offer our members better outcomes in a cost-effective way."

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About Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Regionally, nationally, and globally, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is a leader in the treatment of childhood conditions and diseases, a pioneer in the development of new and improved therapies, and a top educator of the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists. Children's Hospital has fulfilled this mission since its founding in 1890. Children's is named consistently to several elite lists of pediatric hospitals, including ranking 7th among children's hospitals and schools of medicine (FY 2012) in funding for pediatric research provided by the National Institutes of Health, and is one of 10 pediatric hospitals in the United States named to U.S. News & World Report's Honor Roll of America's "Best Children's Hospitals" for 2013–2014.

Founded in 2006, MDLIVE is a leading provider of connected care delivery services and software, providing telehealth, online and on-demand healthcare that benefits consumers, employers, payers, hospitals, physician practice groups and accountable care organizations.  Headquartered in Sunrise, Florida, MDLIVE works with Board Certified physicians and therapists, nationwide to provide around-the-clock connected care.

The company's cloud-based Virtual Medical Office software platform makes it possible for patients, healthcare professionals and plan administrators to collaborate seamlessly and securely via voice, video, email and mobile devices. Payers and providers can also utilize the HIPAA and PHI-compliant system to collect and share clinical data from patient medical records, lab results and in-home biometric devices for real-time risk assessments, wellness advice, diagnosis and treatment.

MDLIVE physicians can diagnose, treat and, if needed, write prescriptions (non-controlled substances only) for routine medical conditions 24/7/365 Anytime, Anywhere. Learn more at and connect with us on  to join the telehealth conversation.

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