Mayo Clinic plans to open two medical kiosks in Austin Public Schools for use by staff and their families.

The kiosks offer Mayo Clinic Health Connection — a new telemedicine delivery system through the HealthSpot platform, which combines cloud-based software and a private walk-in kiosk that offers medical treatment at the workplace.

The kiosk provides high-definition videoconferencing and interactive, digital medical devices that connect patients with physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

Kiosk sites will be at Ellis Middle School and at the former Home Health Care and Hospice building at 408 4th Avenue N.W., Austin, which is one block from Austin High School, in early February.

Discussions currently are taking place to determine if any additional kiosks will be available and in what locations. Additional information on Mayo Clinic Health Connection will be provided to Austin Public Schools staff soon.

Dr. Mark Ciota, CEO at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin, predicted the collaborations should decrease absenteeism, lower costs and increase wellness.

"Mayo Clinic is committed to reducing health-care expenses for employees and employers by improving access to medical services through convenient and more affordable care through Mayo Clinic Health Connection," says Dr. Ciota. "This collaboration with Austin Public Schools is just one way we can do this. Mayo Clinic Health Connection will help school staff and their dependents avoid waiting for traditional health-care appointments and time away from work, and still get the continuity of care you need from people you trust."

Austin Public Schools staff and their dependents can walk up to the kiosk without scheduling an appointment and be treated for minor, common health conditions, such as cold, earaches, sore throat, sinus infections, upper respiratory infections, rashes and skin conditions and eye conditions. — Mike Klein

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