In July 2011 Mayo Clinic launched a patient-to-patient community at connect.mayoclinic.org as a place for patients to share their experiences and discuss health and medical issues with each other. The community site was distinct and separate from Mayo Clinic’s main Web site, hosted by a firm that maintains other online patient communities.
Today we moved the community to an improved platform that will provide immediate benefits for users as well as power and flexibility to provide enhanced services in the future. We will be introducing more of those enhancements soon, but here are some highlights of benefits of the new Mayo Clinic Connect that are available today:
Curated Health News: The multimedia home page will feature the latest news from Mayo Clinic, links to other top medical news stories, highlights of site discussions and other compelling content.
Convenient Access: You will be able to sign in with one click using Facebook or Twitter. Just link your Mayo Clinic Connect account to your profiles on either of those platforms, and you won’t need to remember a separate password.
Mayo Clinic Web Site Integration: The community will have the same top navigation banner as Mayo Clinic’s main sites, making it easy to access Mayo Clinic’s consumer education and patient-oriented content.
Connection to our other Mayo Clinic Communities, including the Social Media Health Network and Mayo Clinic News Network. Use the same credentials to log in, or by connecting with Facebook or Twitter log in with a single click.
Groups: Join groups discussing topics that interest you. The public community discussions have been moved into the site’s group structure.
Email Participation: Post and respond by email to forum topics, individual threads and even private messages. You can engage in discussions conveniently, without having to go back to the site.
Responsive design for a better user experience on smartphones and tablets
Calendar: Upcoming events, including scheduled opportunities to participate in online discussions with Mayo Clinic physicians and scientists.
Feel free to browse the community. If you have an account on the Social Media Health Network or Mayo Clinic News Network, you may log in using the same credentials. For security reasons, if you had an account on the old patient-to-patient community you will need to update your account password before you can post to Mayo Clinic Connect.
We hope you like the new site, and welcome your comments and suggestions for improvement.