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Johnson Memorial Health partners with Mayo Clinic to improve patient care

From its headquarters in Minnesota, Mayo Clinic has built a reputation as one of the world’s leading healthcare entities.

The hospital system offers state-of-the-art treatments for common and rare cancers, complex neurological disorders, and many other complex medical conditions.

Through a new partnership, residents of Johnson County will have access to these resources, without leaving their own community.

Johnson Memorial Health joins the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a group of carefully selected independent health care organizations providing privileged access to Mayo Clinic knowledge and expertise. The collaboration was announced at a Wednesday morning event at the hospital.

“Over our 75-year history, JMH has achieved incredible things, most of it through collaboration, and that’s the theme behind not just today’s announcement, but for the entire relationship with Mayo Clinic – the collaboration,” said Dr. David Dunkle, President. and CEO of Johnson Memorial Health, at Wednesday’s event. “Our success in terms of clinical quality and patient experience is due to the extraordinary collaboration of dedicated employees, our medical staff and our many volunteers.

Johnson Memorial Health physicians can now access Mayo Clinic’s database of clinical information on hundreds of medical conditions, arrange consultations with Mayo Clinic specialists for a second opinion on specific patient cases, and participate in live video conferences to virtually review and discuss complex cases with Mayo teams. Clinic specialists.

Johnson Memorial Health staff will also be able to use Mayo Clinic educational materials to help educate patients and participate in professional development and continuing medical education.

“It’s about putting the patient first. It is an opportunity through this collaboration to improve the level of care offered to the patients we serve, to allow them to obtain care close to home without having to travel and at no additional cost to them,” said Dunkle.

Mayo Clinic is a Rochester, Minnesota-based nonprofit organization that has cultivated a reputation for innovative clinical practice, education, and research. The group formed the Mayo Clinic Care Network to share the accumulated knowledge with other like-minded health care systems, said Dr. Mark V. Larson, medical director of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

The network is an assembled group of 45 healthcare organizations across the United States, Asia, Mexico and the Middle East who work together to share knowledge and resources, all connected under the umbrella of expertise from the Mayo Clinic.

“This is a carefully selected and selected group of high quality, independent healthcare organizations that have entered into a relationship with Mayo Clinic to share knowledge and resources, as well as expert teams,” Larson said. “This is a clinically significant relationship. It’s not a merger, it’s not an acquisition. But rather an opportunity to share information to complement locally available expertise to provide the best possible patient outcomes.

For Johnson Memorial Health, the opportunity to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network has presented itself for more than a decade. Earlier in 2022, Dunkle and other hospital leaders met with Mayo Clinic officials to discuss joining the network.

Mayo Clinic leaders have researched operations, culture, and how they center their healthcare system care. Johnson Memorial Health was impressive, Larson said.

“We were really excited to understand how the team at Johnson Memorial approaches patient care, how they approach their mission to serve patients in this area. We are very culturally aligned,” he said.

Before Johnson Memorial Health joined, Indiana already had three health care systems in the network – Hendricks Regional Health, Hancock Health and Beacon Health.

“There are many examples of how collaboration has helped individual patients, helped providers increase their ability to help more patients with difficult or complex issues, and even helped organizations move forward by improving their safety, their quality, their outcome measures,” Larson said.

Already, a handful of Johnson Memorial physicians have trained with the various Mayo Clinic Care Network offerings. They explored AskMayoExpert, the Mayo Clinic database of clinical information compiled by the Mayo Clinic, and participated in online consultations, which connect doctors with Mayo Clinic staff for a second opinion.

The rest of the Johnson Memorial Health team will receive instructions on how to access these resources today, Dunkle said.

“When you think about the reputation of Mayo Clinic, a world leader in medicine, to be able to partner with such a great organization to share knowledge, gain access to their protocols and best operating practices, and then bring them to people serving us in Johnson County is an incredible opportunity,” he said.


Johnson Memorial Health-Mayo Clinic Collaboration

What it is: The hospital joins the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a group of carefully vetted independent healthcare organizations that have privileged access to Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise. Local physicians will have access to Mayo Clinic clinical solutions and services

What will be available:

  • AskMayoExpert, a program that provides providers with a database of concise clinical information on hundreds of medical conditions, and includes medical protocols, treatment recommendations, and medical referrals.
  • eConsults, which allow physicians to contact Mayo Clinic specialists for a second opinion on specific patient cases when they believe additional information will benefit their patients.
  • eBoards or live video conferences that allow medical teams to virtually review and discuss complex cases with a team of Mayo Clinic specialists and Mayo Clinic Care Network health systems physicians.
  • Healthcare Consulting, which provides access to Mayo’s extensive experience, knowledge and subspecialty expertise to achieve clinical, operational and business objectives.
  • Johnson Memorial Health staff can use Mayo Clinic educational materials designed for patients and access opportunities for professional development and continuing medical education.

When does it start: Physicians will be able to immediately access programs and information via the network.

Source: Johnson Memorial Health