Raffles Medical Group becomes the first in Asia to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network

Raffles Medical Group, which runs Raffles Hospital, has joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network, the first in Asia to do so.
Raffles Medical Group, which runs Raffles Hospital, has joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network, the first in Asia to do so.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

SINGAPORE - At no additional cost, patients of Raffles Medical Group can now have their medical queries clarified by world-class experts from the renowned Mayo Clinic of the United States.

The Singapore private healthcare provider announced on Wednesday (July 29) that it has joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network, making it the first in Asia to do so.

Launched in 2011 to extend care and share knowledge across the globe, the Network currently has more than 30 members based in 20 US states, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

As part of this network, the Group's physicians in Raffles Hospital and across 80 clinics in Singapore will have access to the latest Mayo Clinic knowledge and resources to complement their expertise.

This allows the Group to receive additional expert input for patients with complex medical conditions, through network tools and services such as "AskMayoExpert" and "eConsults" systems.

Mayo Clinic is ranked tops in the US in eight specialties: diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, pulmonology and urology.

"By working with Mayo Clinic, we will be in an even stronger position to deliver high-quality and best-practice care," said Dr Donald Poon, general manager of Raffles Medical Group. The group serves more than 2 million patients annually, of which about 80 per cent are based in Singapore.

Dr David Hayes, medical director of Mayo Clinic, said: "We are pleased to welcome Raffles Medical Group to the network. We are very proud of our shared purpose to bring the highest quality patient care to the region."

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