ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Mayo Clinic has added an online symptom checker to its patient portal. Through Ask Mayo Clinic online, users are guided through a series of questions about presenting symptoms. Based on those responses, they will receive a recommended level of care. The tool is driven by standardized algorithms based on the real-time data entered by users; it uses 36 algorithms that cover more than 300 common symptoms. “Care guidance, based on the user’s selection of symptoms and responses to relevant questions, includes more information about possible causes tied to the symptoms, and, in most cases, provides recommendations on home care in non-emergent situations,” said Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, associate medical director of Mayo Clinic Global Business Solutions, in a statement. All symptom assessment content is developed by Mayo Clinic health care provider and nurse experts. Content is regularly reviewed and edited to ensure accuracy.
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