MARIETTA, Ga. -- WellStar Health Systemannounced a deal with the Mayo Clinic Health System Thursday morning.
The Mayo Clinic is a globally recognized research and health system that specializes in cancer and cardiac care. The group has a network of specialists and hospitals in Rochester, Jacksonville, Fla. and Phoenix, Ariz.
Marietta-based WellStar, the largest health system in metro Atlanta with a network of five hospitals, declined comment.
With the partnership, Mayo gets toehold in a burgeoning medical market. The deal makes WellStar more competitive with Atlanta's Emory Healthcare, a cardiac and oncology powerhouse.
The WellStar-Mayo collaboration could be similar to what Mayo is doing with Colorado's Aspen Valley Hospital.
Under that partnership, Aspen Valley Hospital (AVH) doctors get access to Mayo's diagnostic and consulting tools, according to the Aspen Daily News.
AVH doctors and nurses will have three new Mayo tools at their disposal: "eConsults," "AskMayoExpert" and additional healthcare consulting services.
Mayo "eConsults" will allow physicians to solicit opinions from national Mayo experts while treating and diagnosing patients, according to the Aspen Daily News.
Through the program, an AVH doctor can send descriptions of an issue, along with lab tests, x-rays and other information to a Mayo specialist. Mayo will respond within 48 hours with recommendations and opinions. The consultations include Mayo's "eTumor Board," which specifically deals with cancer diagnosis and treatment.
In return, the Aspen hospital will pay a subscription fee to belong to the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The size of the fee wasn't disclosed, and the hospital said that it wouldn't result in higher charges to patients. The agreement doesn't bring doctors from the Mayo Clinic to the Aspen hospital.
(Atlanta Business Chronicle)