Mayo Clinic has welcomed its first member in what it says will be a national network in which local hospitals with a culture similar to Mayo's can receive medical and business guidance from the Rochester, Minn.-based hospital operator.
New Mayo care network welcomes first partner
Called the Mayo Clinic Care Network, the system will give partner hospitals access to the Ask Mayo Expert internal medical database as well as business consulting advice on topics ranging from quality-improvement to institutional policies, said Dr. David Hayes, medical director of the network.
Members also will be able to receive medical e-consults from Mayo experts who will look at member hospitals' patients' files and offer advice. Hayes said past experience has shown that hospitals will be most interested in hearing about cardiology, neurology, oncology and gastroenterology. Finally, the partners will be able to display logos on their buildings identifying their connection to Mayo.
The first hospital to join the network was 264-bed Altru Health System in Grand Forks, N.D., which announced its intentions to work with Mayo in May, a news release said. Member hospitals will pay a varying fee to join the network, though Hayes could not say what Altru was paying.
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