Mayo Clinic expands emergency telemedicine practice

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic is expanding in the telemedicine arena through its newly announced strategy of a converged emergency telemedicine practice.

Emergency telemedicine provides acute medical assessments through video communications to people who need immediate emergency care. A Mayo Clinic medical specialist located at a distance from the patient connects via technology with local care teams to assess, diagnose and treat patients.

“By combining the breadth and depth of Mayo Clinic knowledge and expertise with a standardized technology across the enterprise, we will be able to create a comprehensive, integrated, multispecialty emergency telemedicine program. Through this program, we can provide specialty consults and guidance for medical and surgical emergencies in adults and children,” said Dr. Bart Demaerschalk, a Mayo Clinic neurologist and the medical director of synchronous (telemedicine) services for the Mayo Clinic Center for Connected Care.

Mayo Clinic already provides care to more than 5,000 people per year. The convergence now enables Mayo Clinic to assist more patients across more sites.

“This is an exciting milestone for connected care at Mayo Clinic,” said Dr. Christopher Colby, chair of the Pediatrics Neonatal Medicine Division and telehealth director for pediatrics at Mayo Clinic. “We will now offer a technology platform specifically designed to deliver emergent telemedicine consultation. Perhaps equally as important is that this will bring expertise from the Mayo Clinic enterprise together to develop world-class telemedicine across many service lines.”

The first phase of this convergence will begin in late summer and continue through the first part of 2017.

August 31, 2016
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