BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/– Navigate Health International, an innovator in international medical assistance services, announces its first service line, Florence Medical Assistance. Florence Medical Assistance is a service providing coordinated access to medical care for internationals living in or visiting Florence, Italy, and the nearby Tuscan countryside. This service, with its high level of in-person client assistance, will be the first of its kind in the travel industry.

The Medical Director and CEO, Kevin M. Ban, MD, has been working in Tuscany for the last five years as the Director of the Tuscan Emergency Medical Initiative, a collaboration among Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians, the three university hospitals in Tuscany, and the Tuscan regional government. He is currently serving as Director of the Meyer Pediatric Trauma Center in Florence, in addition to continuing his role as Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School.

According to Kevin M. Ban, MD, “Throughout my stay in Tuscany, I have witnessed a disconnect between the Italian health care system and the non-Italian-speaking patient. While medical care in Italy is quite good, the health care system is complex and difficult to navigate for the non-Italian. This, along with language and cultural barriers, often leads to variable care provided to the English-speaking patient. My hope is to help internationals living in or traveling through Tuscany to find the superior care that exists in this region.”

While there are many travel insurance and high-end concierge medical service companies that offer medical assistance for travelers via telephone, Navigate is the first company to offer in-person, concierge-level coordinated care to international travelers. Navigate’s doctors all work within the Italian system, speak the language, and understand Italian medical culture and practices. The team is led by an American physician, board-certified in the U.S., and a member of Harvard Medical School’s teaching faculty. Navigate’s expertise in both the Italian and American health care systems is the key to its service. What is Navigate’s promise to clients? Navigate guarantees that, with its in-person expert assistance, internationals living in or traveling through Florence will be guided to the best care that exists in the region.

Navigate Health International, founded in 2008, offers coordinated access to medical care for internationals living in or visiting Florence, Italy. Its website, offers a variety of service plans for students, travelers, and foreign residents of Tuscany.