Hospital plans to expand employee e-consult service to patients

An electronic system installed at Tacoma, Wash.-based Franciscan Health System allows employees there to undergo routine medical consultations from the privacy of their own homes, The News Tribune reports. Known as Franciscan Anytime, the system links physicians and nurse practitioners to employees seeking care or advice for basic complaints like stomach pains or viral infections. In 18 months, the system has handled 350 remote consultations. According to the News Tribune, Franciscan's parent company, Catholic Health Initiatives, recently decided to invest another $14 million to beef up and expand the system. What's more, Franciscan plans to roll out the remote consultation services to patients at three clinics in Puyallup, DuPont and Spanaway within two months. Article