The Cardiovascular Outreach Program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota works closely with community doctors in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin to provide quality care for people with cardiovascular conditions. As a tertiary referral center, Mayo Clinic cardiologists collaborate with community doctors to provide complex cardiovascular diagnostic services and treatments. Mayo Clinic has a tradition of excellence and a commitment to provide convenient, accessible service to enhance patient care.
Doctor consultation services
In the Cardiovascular Outreach Program, experienced Mayo Clinic cardiologists travel to referring physicians' offices to provide on-site consultations, which are scheduled at regular intervals. In addition, a cardiologist is on call 24 hours a day for emergency phone consultations.
The Cardiovascular Outreach Program also provides a telemedicine link to certain outreach sites to allow for distance-based consultations. The use of telemedicine to remotely evaluate and treat people has enhanced the real-time delivery of Mayo Clinic subspecialty care to the participating sites.
Many technological services are available in the Cardiovascular Outreach Program to evaluate people with cardiovascular conditions, including:
- ECG outreach services. ECG outreach offers prompt ECG interpretation, full on-site training, equipment and ongoing quality customer support programs.
- Echo outreach services. Echo outreach provides on-site echocardiography services, rapid turnaround on study interpretation and reports, over-reading of echo images, timely referral appointments, and a quality assurance program.
- Telemedicine consultations. Similar to a face-to-face appointment, a telemedicine consultation takes place through an interactive audiovisual connection between the person in his or her community clinic and a Mayo Clinic cardiologist at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota.
- Education and support programs. Continuing education opportunities for doctors, nurses and other health care professionals are offered on-site or at Mayo Clinic.
Benefits of using the Cardiovascular Outreach Program
The Cardiovascular Outreach Program provides appropriate care close to home by offering specialized cardiovascular consultations within community clinics. Much more than a referral service, the Cardiovascular Outreach Program collaborates with community doctors to provide comprehensive patient care.
Mayo cardiologists keep in contact with local primary doctors after consultations, providing timely communication and additional support. The relationship between the Mayo doctor and primary doctor also provides a convenient link for referring people to Mayo Clinic, if needed.
March 26, 2021