Mayo Clinic extends telemedicine pilot to Texas

Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic continues its pilot project examining the feasibility of using kiosks to deliver care remotely.

The Mayo Connected Care project has expanded to Texas, where a new kiosk equipped with basic medical devices and video conferencing capabilities is now available to employees at the health system's Austin campus.

Designed for patients with minor complaints, the kiosk can record patients' vitals and then connect patients with an offsite physician for a video consult. Currently only available to Mayo employees, the health system's goal is to put kiosks in other private workplaces in the area.

"We want to learn as much as we can about delivering care in this way," Mark Ciota, head of Mayo's Austin and Albert Lea, Minn., campus, told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "Our idea would be to put one of these in an employer setting, like a plant or large office area, so employees wouldn't have to leave work to get healthcare."


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