Mayo Clinic + Cell phone care

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For $2.99 a month, you can get Mayo Clinic advice via cell phone or PDA. Here's a quick take on this story by Bob Freund. He'll more in the dead tree edition

On the go and struggling with a deep cold?

Beginning today, reach for the cell phone and check your symptoms with Mayo Clinic.

The clinic and Digital Cyclone Inc. of Minnetonka, Minn., now are sending Mayo’s medical know-how to customers of many major wireless services.


You can’t talk instantly to an on-call doctor or nurse. But the new Mayo Clinic InTouch allows consumers to tap into Mayo’s health information bank via the cell phone for the first time.

It’s Mayo, real-time, at the dial of the phone. "We were interested in having this becuase it makes the same information that is available on available to people in their time of need," clinic spokesman Lee Aase said this morning.

Among the features:

• Emergency Room Finder — offering location and one-touch dialing to a local emergency room, no matter where you are. Using this, GPS-equipped phones will guide you to the nearest ER.

• Symptom Checker — advice to help decide when you need a medical aid and when over-the-counter or other do-it-yourself remedies will work.

• First aid — steps to take immediately in a medical crisis; also what not to do.

• Health news videos — More than 100 short health features, viewable on many cell phones.

• Health alerts and drug watches — general information about timely conditions, drug concerns.

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