OKLAHOMA CITY - There is now a collaboration between the largest health care system in the state and the Mayo Clinic Care Network based out of Minnesota.
INTEGRIS physicians will now have access to a specific online portal.
Information they ask for will go directly to an expert at Mayo Clinic.
No other hospital network in Oklahoma will have this access.
“A number of those are about complex cases. A physician may question, 'Is there something else? Is this the right?' I do that. But' there's also patients who say, 'I would like a second opinion,”' said David Hayes, M.D. at Mayo Clinic Care Network.
According to officials, there are 2,500 conditions that can be examined through this online network.
If patients want more information about treatment or diagnosis, the doctor can submit the question to a Mayo expert with the touch of a button.
Within a few days, INTEGRIS will get results and be able to show them to the patient.
“The ability for all specialists to have the same advantages that I'll have as an oncologist,” said Dr. Brian Geister, Oncologist at INTEGRIS.
Geister says it was a surprise to hear about the news Wednesday night, but he thinks it can only be beneficial to the patient.
"A little surprised, because we've never done anything like this before, but I think at the same token excited, because it's a new innovation that I think will be good for both physicians and patients."
“It gives them peace of mind. It saves them the expense of traveling. It also gives our physicians peace of mind,” said Bruce Lawrence, President and CEO of INTEGRIS.
It's another way medicine is evolving to give patients expert advice from all over the country.
“This relationship brings together two like-minded organizations committed to patient-centered care," Dr. David Hayes said. "As we’ve worked toward today’s announcement, it’s been clear that we share many important values and at least one essential goal: to improve the delivery of health care in a way that benefits patients.”