Silicon Valley just made this South Florida company a whole lot richer

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    For nearly a decade, Sunrise-based MDLive has been putting South Florida’s healthcare technology sector on the map. Claiming the title of America’s largest telemedicine provider, MDLive allows anyone to access a board-certified doctor, dermatologist or counselor remotely.

    On Wednesday, the privately held company again confirmed its importance to the region’s growing tech ecosystem, attracting $50 million in new investment from companies including units of Cigna and HCSC, two of the largest healthcare businesses in the U.S.

    “This is not just a statement about MDLive but the industry overall,” said Rich Berner, who took over as CEO in January. “Obviously we’re excited to get the funds … but this is a statement that our existing clients [and investors] have seen the good, the bad and ugly, and they’ve seen the outcome of our service and the results. They recognize that for the future of healthcare, more care will be provided this way.”