Mayo Clinic Health System will launch a new mobile health clinic that will expand services by increasing outreach and providing access to health care directly to patients in rural communities across southern Minnesota.
The mobile health clinic — which will be based in a large commercial vehicle — will include two exam rooms, an on-site laboratory and pharmacy services. Patient visits will begin later this summer and specific locations and dates will be communicated to patients.
Dr. Jennifer Horn is Mayo Clinic Health System’s regional chair of clinical practice in the southeast Minnesota region.
She said, “Patients will have the peace of mind knowing that they are always connected to the world's leading medical experts. Regardless of where you receive care, your health information will be readily available to Mayo's care teams."
Patients will be able to receive preventive health screenings and manage chronic diseases.
Services will include:
Immunizations, including COVID-19 vaccinations.
Preventive services and health care screenings.
Medication refills and checks.
Chronic disease checks.
Pacemaker checks (virtual).
Specialty consults and follow-ups (virtual).
Prenatal visits (virtual).
The mobile health clinic also has the technology and equipment to connect patients virtually through video appointments with Mayo Clinic experts. Pacemaker checks, specialty consults and follow-ups and prenatal visits will be conducted virtually.
"From our experience during the pandemic, we know that our patients are open to new, more convenient ways of receiving care," Horn said. "Our goal is to use digital technologies like virtual visits and innovative ideas like this mobile health clinic to make Mayo Clinic care more accessible to our patients, no matter where they live. We see this as a necessary and welcome transformation in health care to continue meeting our patients’ needs."