Mayo Clinic, Dossia partner to offer online health help

By Bernie Monegain
09:15 AM

Employer organization Dossia and Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic will integrate Mayo Clinic EmbodyHealth, a personal health management portal, with the Dossia Personal Health Platform. The integration makes the EmbodyHealth portal available to members of the Dossia network.

Dossia is a non-profit organization consisting of several large U.S. employers, including founding members AT&T, Applied Materials, BP America, Cardinal Health, Intel, Pitney Bowes, sanofi-aventis, Abraxis Bioscience, Vanguard Health Services and Walmart.

Mayo Clinic EmbodyHealth is an online health application that enables employees to better manage their health and wellness by offering resources such as health assessments, behavior change programs, tailored behavioral messages, instructional videos, questions and answers from Mayo Clinic specialists and a health reference library.

Mayo Clinic EmbodyHealth draws upon Mayo Clinic's expertise in the medical, behavioral and online interactive arenas, and was developed with the guidance of an interdisciplinary team of Mayo Clinic physicians and scientists. These practicing clinicians provide ongoing direction for the application to ensure that all tools and information represent the latest thinking in disease prevention, behavior change, risk reduction, condition management, self-care and treatment decision support, Mayo executives said.

"Dossia is committed to facilitating a consumer-led revolution by equipping employees with the tools necessary to better educate themselves about their health and healthcare decisions," said Steve Munini, Dossia's chief operating officer. "Mayo Clinic EmbodyHealth is a tool that employees will find invaluable, and its addition to the Dossia Personal Health Platform will go a long way in helping Dossia achieve our ultimate goal of empowering individuals to transform the U.S. healthcare system."

"Mayo Clinic is committed to offering employers real value through the Mayo Clinic EmbodyHealth application," said Philip Hagen, MD, medical director of Mayo Clinic EmbodyHealth. "Mayo Clinic EmbodyHealth will enable employers to offer their employees the most up-to-date and relevant information available supported by strong engagement strategies and tools in order to positively influence their employees' health behaviors."

Dossia's infrastructure is available to personal health application developers, like Mayo Clinic EmbodyHealth, that have a shared commitment to providing individuals with relevant and actionable health information. The infrastructure is designed to encourage vendor innovation for the benefit of patients and providers nationwide.