Minnesota health system turns to telemedicine while closing 7 clinics

Bloomington, Minn.-based HealthPartners is investing in expanded telemedicine and digital capabilities while closing seven clinics and two specialty centers permanently, according to a local ABC affiliate.

The nine-hospital health system closed the clinics and centers during the pandemic and said that they will not reopen. Instead, it will focus on telehealth after completing 300,000 virtual visits since March.

HealthPartners also has a health plan, which it is revamping to include new digital tools.

"Our response to COVID-19 has led to innovation in caring for and serving people —for today as well as into the future," said CEO Andrea Walsh.

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