Mayo Clinic's AskMayoExpert is an electronic database for Mayo physicians to share their best and most up-to-date medical knowledge. Doctors can search for disease, treatment and trial information quickly and easily. If the answer to their question is not found in the database, they can use the system to find the right physician to consult.
Rick A. Nishimura, M.D., Mayo cardiologist, is leading the AskMayoExpert project.
With so much valuable information stored in AskMayoExpert, Mayo Clinic is looking at opportunities to share its physician knowledge base nationwide and even worldwide. A mobile version of AskMayoExpert is also available for Apple's iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
In many clinics and hospitals around the country, traditional consultations are time-consuming and involve a lot of paperwork. Through technology initiatives, Mayo Clinic is making significant progress toward storing information about every Mayo patient in an electronic medical records system (EMR), so doctors in Minnesota, Florida, Arizona and Mayo Clinic Health System can simultaneously review a patient's history, test results, office visit notes and more.
"Mayo's integrated medical record has long helped to maintain high standards of quality because the 'open book' serves as an excellent means of peer review," says George Bartley, M.D., an ophthalmologist and former CEO of Mayo Clinic's Florida campus.
AskMayoExpert and eConsults epitomize Mayo teamwork and bring to life one of the four pillars of the the Mayo Effect: Knowledge to delivery. These innovations ultimately ensure patients receive expert care wherever they go in the Mayo system.