How this Olympia hospital is freeing up bed space, allows patients to recover at home

Patients get virtual doctor visits and nurses make house calls to check on them multiple times a day.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Doctor house calls are making a comeback, thanks to technology, and high demand for hospital bed space.

Olympia’s Tom Tischer was admitted to Providence St. Peter hospital last week for pneumonia, cellulitis, and sepsis. On Tuesday, he was sent home but remained a patient of the hospital.

He gets daily visits with a doctor on a computer tablet and nurses come to his home to check his vitals and administer medications two to three times a day.

Tischer is one of almost

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