• By Joel Streed

Cyberchondria: Mayo Clinic Radio

April 29, 2014

Have you ever used the Internet to research a medical symptom you might be experiencing?  On Saturday, April 26, we discussed a condition called cyberchondria. Richard Seime, Ph.D., joined us to talk about the use of the internet for medical information. Of course we know the best internet site for accurate medical information is our own MayoClinic.org ... but there is so much information in cyberspace, when does it become a problem?  How many people are using the internet to self-diagnose or self-treat?  When is the Internet helpful and when is it unhealthy?

Listen to a podcast of the program here.  MayoClinicRadio-fullshow-4-26-14

How does one access this information? MICS? Synthesis? Thanks

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This data is viewable in MICS LastWord and Synthesis. The results are displayed side by side with MCR results. There is a facility designated with each record that identifies where the clinical data came from. In the lab viewer, he facility is in the column header. When viewing documents, the faciliy is located in the "Fac" column on the list view screen.

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The fact that we don't all use the same EMR is ridiculous. Mayo Rochester uses MICS and the rest of the Mayo Health system (Scottsdale and Jacksonville included) use Cerner. Cerner is a completely unusable system, inept system. You can not pull data from Cerner automatically for research(one of the three shields) nor can you automatically record vital signs as in MICS anesthesia/Chart+. It's unfortunate that the Mayo administrators continue to push Cerner (ie implementing it in Scottsdale) rather than put the MICS/Rochester system throughout the Mayo. If we want to be "One Mayo" then a great place to start is with the same EMR.

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I am wondering why some of these clincs are going to be able to view patient data when we as employees can't even use them as our primary clinics because MMSI doesn't recognize them as an in network clinic. For example Farmington, Lakeville and Northfield.

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@Kimberly- I work with Mayo Clinic Health System. You bring up a good distinction to point out. In the Aug. 5 edition of "This Week at Mayo Clinic", there was a Q&A article that asked the question if Rochester employees could go to any Mayo

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I applaud you Richard. Your observations are so true.

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@Joe: The problem with limiting access to only Mayo Clinic-owned MHS sites is that this reflects poorly on Mayo Clinic and the Health System. Family, friends, and neighbors do sometimes ask where we go for care. Everyone one has responded with dropped jaw

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