The Mayo Clinic Care Network has added another health system to its fast-growing national collaboration.

Methodist Health System in Dallas, Texas, "will now be able to collaborate with Mayo Clinic on patient care, community health and innovative health care delivery," says a Mayo announcement.

"Using digital technology to consult and share knowledge, these physicians will have access to the latest evidence-based medical information and will connect with Mayo specialists on questions related to complex medical cases," the clinic's announcement says.

Care Network members get eConsults to connect electronically with Mayo physicians about disease management, Mayo's latest research-based disease protocols, reference materials and treatment recommendations for various medical conditions.

The network, launched in 2011, now has 31 members that extend to 17 states, as well as Puerto Rico and Mexico.

One of the stated goals of the network has been to allow patients to remain at home and get the care they need locally if possible. However, a small percentage of patients will at some point need referral to a higher level of care. When that happens, it's likely many will decide to go to one of Mayo's destination medical centers in Rochester, Florida or Arizona. — Jeff Hansel

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