Group Health clinics launch online queueing service for patients

Patients wanting to head into Group Health's retail clinics can now go online to see how many patients are ahead of them in line and remotely add their name to the queue, reports Puget Sound Business Journal.

Group Health Cooperative, a nonprofit healthcare system based in Seattle, runs the retail clinics called CareClnic with The Bartell Drug Co. There are nine in-store CareClinics at Bartell pharmacies in the Puget Sound area, with plans for a tenth location to open next week, according to the report.

"Patients come to CareClinics for convenient, quality care," John Lewis, director of CareClinic Operations, said in a statement, according to the report. "The new website gives a patient a view into how long she or he may have to wait."

The website shows nearby CareClinic locations and the number of patients in line at each of them. Users can remotely add their names to the line from a mobile device, as well.

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