Mayo Clinic Care Network Strives to Serve 200M by 2020

The trend of consolidation in healthcare continues to spread as systems try to improve quality and cut costs, but Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic is moving in a different direction to help others achieve those goals, according to a Business Insider report.

Mayo Clinic CEO John Noseworthy, MD, told Business Insider that Mayo Clinic is planning to expand the Mayo Clinic Care Network nationally and internationally to eventually reach 200 million people by 2020. The Mayo Clinic Care Network is a network of organizations, selected based on clinical excellence, patient care and quality criteria, connected with collaboration and information-sharing tools that help patients gain benefits of Mayo's expertise without traveling to a Mayo Clinic facility, according to its website.

Network members have access to an online database of Mayo Clinic expertise, and can even connect electronically to Mayo Clinic physicians. "[U]ltimately, why wouldn't we at Mayo share what we know with people everywhere remotely? That's our grand plan," Dr. Noseworthy told Business Insider.

Being part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network can allow smaller community or critical access hospitals to improve their care quality and lower costs without considering a merger or acquisition, keeping them independent, according to the report.

The network started in late 2011 and currently has 14 members. Mayo Clinic expects to have 20 or 25 members by the end of 2013, according to the report.

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