Epic adds Mayo Clinic educational health info to patient-facing apps

By Mike Miliard

Epic will embed authoritative health information from Mayo Clinic in its MyChart and MyChart Bedside portals, aiming to give patients the opportunity to put their healthcare into context.

Mayo Clinic medical experts routinely review and update the evidence-based content – articles, videos, slideshows, Q&As and more – with new material, provided in English and Spanish, which is added weekly.

Epic hopes that offering patients at its ambulatory and inpatient clients access to this expertise – more than 18,000 pages of it, covering some 4,000 healthcare topics – will help them learn more about symptoms, conditions, healthy living information and more.

"Making Mayo Clinic's world-class health knowledge available within MyChart and MyChart Bedside can help patients understand and better manage their health and well-being," Epic President Carl Dvorak said in a statement.

Patients using the online MyChart portal and MyChart Bedside inpatient tablet apps can access the material by tapping a keyword in their chart, or clicking the HL7 Infobutton within those applications.

Mayo-derived information will then be displayed according to the chart elements such as test results and diagnoses. The information will give patients more background and context for problem lists, health maintenance, medications, allergies and results review.