With more and more staff teleworking during the COVID-19 pandemic response and being away from their offices — and their desktop computers — Mayo Clinic Public Affairs wanted to make sure staff have an easy way to get Mayo Clinic internal news wherever they are.
That's why we're expediting release of an app we've been developing with colleagues in Mayo Clinic Information Technology: it's needed now more than ever.
The Mayo Clinic Employee App will give staff access to Mayo Clinic News Center content and the Mayo Directory—on campus or not — without having to be connected to the Mayo network. This new app is designed to make staying up to date and connected easier for staff, whether they're on-the-go or staying safe at home. It's available for iOS and Android.
The content in the app will match what staff find on Mayo's intranet News Center each day. The main screen will share the top stories of the day. From there, employees can dig in by type of content (such as Benefits, Around Mayo, Bigger Picture) and by location (Arizona, Florida, Rochester and each Mayo Clinic Health System region).
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While the app does not require employees to be on campus or use VPN to access content, it does need require logging in with LAN ID and password, along with an additional security step using Microsoft Authenticator app for this verification — the same tool they'll need to connect to Mayo Clinic email and other Office 365 tools off campus.
The Mayo Clinic Employee app was created by a team from Mayo Clinic IT and Public Affairs. Its release was expedited as Mayo Clinic moves quickly to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Future iterations will include more robust features, such as comment integration and potentially other non-News Center features.