Swedish offers "house calls" for convenient, affordable care
September 08, 2016
Reminiscent of simpler times, Swedish is bringing back house calls with its new Express Care at Home, a convenient service that sends a nurse practitioner to your home, office or even hotel room the same day you make an appointment. Swedish Express Care at Home is one of three different on-demand health care services that includes Express Care Virtual (telehealth) and Express Care Clinics and Swedish is the first health care system in the Pacific Northwest to do this.
Through Express Care at Home, Swedish-employed advanced registered nurse practitioners will visit patients in their homes throughout the greater Seattle area to provide exams, diagnoses and prescriptions for non-acute illnesses.
“Health care can be complex and we know our patients lead busy lives,” said Bryan Mueller, chief operating officer for Swedish Medical Group. “We are excited to be the first health system in the Pacific Northwest to make health care simpler by providing a series of alternatives for patients and their families with Express Care at Home, Express Care Virtual and Express Care Clinics.”
Express Care at Home visits are covered by most major insurance companies, or are available for a flat cost per patient visit, plus costs for lab tests and additional treatment. Medicare is not accepted at this time.
Express Care at Home is available from noon to 8 p.m., weekdays, excluding holidays, a schedule that is expected to expand in the coming months. Patients can request a home visit by downloading the Swedish Express Care at Home app on either the Apple App Store or Google Play, or by logging on to https://athome.swedish.org or by calling 844-414-9000.
Express Care at Home will allow Swedish to serve patients seeking a more convenient alternative to traditional in-clinic visits with trusted providers within their network of care.
About Swedish Express Care Virtual
Swedish Express Care Virtual is a telemedicine service that provides $49 online visits for minor illnesses right on your smartphone, tablet or computer. No appointment needed.www.healthexpress.com
About Swedish Express Care Clinics
Swedish Express Care clinics are digitally-enabled and conveniently located walk-in health clinics embedded at Walgreens locations and at standalone Express Care sites. The clinics treat low-acuity, non-urgent conditions. www.swedishexpresscare.org