Billings Clinic part of Mayo Clinic network

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Doctors working at Billings Clinic now have access to advice and expertise from the Mayo Clinic to better treat patients with complex health issues.

Billings Clinic announced Wednesday that it is joining the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

Billings Clinic physicians will be able to connect directly with Mayo Clinic specialists on questions of patient care using an electronic consulting system. Doctors also will have access to the Mayo Clinic's AskMayoExpert database.

The goal of the network is to give more hospitals the benefit of its expertise so patients don't have to travel as much for medical care.

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