The Mayo Clinic is experimenting with an intriguing new way of delivering health care to employees — via a kiosk that connects the patient to a physician by video conference, over a secure, online link.

The Mayo Clinic Health System's clinic in Austin, Minnesota, is piloting the new program, called Health Connection. The kiosks were developed by HealthSpot, a health technology company based in Dublin, Ohio.

"This concept of a kiosk is fairly new," says Gary Capistrant, senior director of public policy for the American Telemedicine Association. "The advantage of telehealth is the convenience. An advantage to an employer is reduced absenteeism for workers."

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