From the News Tribune:
At Tacoma’s Franciscan Health System, employees are using a new electronic system that lets them consult a doctor from home for routine illnesses without driving to a clinic or visiting an emergency room.
At first glance, that new system would seem to make as much financial sense for Franciscan, which owns five hospitals and more than two-dozen South Sound urgent care centers and medical clinics, as a video store asking its employees to download movies instead of renting them.
But the health care system is so pleased with its Franciscan Anytime health care program that its parent company, Catholic Health Initiatives, is investing $14 million in fresh financing in the new remote consultation and diagnostic system.
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