Franciscan Health System has introduced Franciscan Virtual Urgent Care, a health care service allowing anyone in Franciscan’s service area to receive care for a range of common conditions.
Franciscan, which includes St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, is one of the first systems in the country to provide virtual urgent care to the public.
The service will cost $35 per visit, less than the cost of an average office visit. It is available 24/7 via phone or video chat on a smartphone, tablet or PC.
“We tested the Franciscan Virtual Urgent Care with our own employees before expanding it to the public, so we know this model of care delivery works,” said Dr. Cliff Robertson, Franciscan Health System’s chief operation officer.
Franciscan is partnering with Carena to roll out Virtual Urgent Care to the public, with the possibility of serving thousands in the South Sound.
“We have enjoyed a multi-year relationship with Franciscan,” said Ralph C. Derrickson, Carena’s president and CEO. “We are thrilled to partner with them as they showcase how technology can change the face of health care delivery in the United States.”
Patients who use Virtual Urgent Care will have access to board-certified doctors and nurse practitioners for after-hours medical diagnosis, treatment planning and prescriptions, if appropriate. The service is not yet covered by insurance.
“Virtual care is a complement, not a substitute, to the in-person services we already provide to patients,” Robertson said. “It’s another way for us to be there for patients who need medical care right now.”
For more information, visit www.franciscancarenow.org.