WellStar Health System, a five-hospital Marietta, Ga.-based system, has joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network under a non-ownership agreement.
WellStar is now the largest system in the network, which was formed in 2011 and has grown to include healthcare providers in 14 states as well as Puerto Rico and Mexico. The partnership allows WellStar's physicians to have access to Mayo Clinic specialists for consultations on issues ranging from complex patient cases to business processes. The partnership connects clinicians through electronic tools such as eConsults as well as the Web-based resource, AskMayoExpert. The technology aims to get long-distance answers so patients don't have to travel out of state for specialty care.