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July 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Collaborations – The Key to Advancing Research

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

The Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery applies innovative science and data to evaluate the quality, safety and value of health care globally and improve real-world experiences for patients. Sounds good, but it’s not easy, and it’s not something the small cadre of individuals listed under ‘faculty’ on our website can accomplish on their own.

Rather, these individuals, and many more within the center collaborate with other people at Mayo Clinic, and other organizations around the world to find answers to the difficult questions that exist in health care today.

The science of health care delivery focuses on how patients actually receive care. From using engineering principles to determine the [...]

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Tags: Arizona State University, ASU, collaboration, High Value Healthcare Collaborative, Karolinska institute, kern center, Optum Labs, Research

July 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

AcademyHealth 2015 – A Strong Showing for Mayo, Advancement of the Evidence Base for Health Care Delivery

By Jon Ebbert, M.D.

CSHCDThe AcademyHealth 2015 Annual Research Meeting (ARM) provided a high-profile forum for the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery (CSHCD) to showcase the diverse, high quality research conducted by center affiliated research teams.

Mayo Clinic was well-represented, with 27 poster abstract authors, five oral presentations, and five participants in discussion panels throughout the symposium.  Because ARM’s focus is health services research, which aligns closely with the science of health care delivery, the majority of these presenters were affiliated with the CSHCD.

“I wanted to acknowledge the incredible presence and fine work of Mayo staff at the recently-concluded AcademyHealth conference in [...]

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Tags: AcademyHealth, kern center, research jobs

July 21st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Data Accuracy and Integrity – Without Which We Have Nothing

By Jon Ebbert, M.D.

mother, child and pie“The cornerstone of our ability to make robust inference and sound clinical decisions is the assumption of the validity, accuracy and representativeness of medical research data.”

So says Véronique Roger, M.D., Director, Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, and in her July editorial in the American Heart Association’s journal, Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Dr. Roger likens the core principles of accuracy and integrity to the underpinnings of our society…as universally understood as “motherhood and apple pie.”

She enjoins readers to reflect on these critical components of medical research. She reminds us that as technology advances, patient registries [...]

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Tags: big data, kern center, Science of health care delivery, Veronique Roger

July 15th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Uses Regenerative Medicine to Contribute to Mitochondrial Disease Repair

By Bob Nellis

Mitochondrial disease has been one of the toughest conditions in medicine. It primarily impacts children inheriting the condition, leaving few if any treatment options. Today, a collaborative group of researchers -- including those from Mayo Clinic's Center for Regenerative Medicine, report they have found a way to eliminate the fatal mutations the inherited DNA leaves in cells. The findings appear in the journal Nature.

Dr. Andre Terzic

Dr. Andre Terzic

This is a proof-of-concept study, but it paves the way toward the long search for a therapy.

The announcement from the Oregon University of Health & Science describes the breakthrough:

"The scientists successfully used mitochondrial replacement to create an [...]

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Tags: Center for Regenerative Medicine, Mayo Clinic, mitochondrial disease, Nature

July 14th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Overuse or Inappropriate Use – More Tests Are Not Necessarily Better

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

H. Pylori Case Study - An opportunity to do the right test on the right patient at the right time?
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a common bacterial infection that as many as 50 percent of all people in the world have been exposed to. Fortunately, not everyone who has the infection will experience symptoms, but some may suffer a wide range of effects, and are at risk to develop peptic ulcers, gastritis or some stomach cancers.lab test

Both the American Gastroenterology Association (since 2005) and American College of Gastroenterology (since 2007) recommend use of either the H. pylori stool antigen test (SAT) or the urea breath test (UBT) as a first-line diagnostic test [...]

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Tags: Curtis Hanson, Elitza Theel, Gastroenterology, HPylori, high value health care, kern center, laboratory research, Optum Labs, Science of health care delivery

June 23rd, 2015 · 2 Comments

Mayo Psychiatrists Honored For Depression, Bipolar Research

By Bob Nellis

Two Mayo Clinic psychiatrists have been recognized for their contributions to the study, diagnosis, and treatment of depression and bipolar disorder. Paul Croarkin, D.O., and Mark Frye, M.D., were both presented with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance’s (DBSA) highest honors for members of the scientific community: Gerald L. Klerman Awards. The Klerman awards are named for the late Gerald L. Klerman, a psychiatrist and expert on depression.

Dr. Paul Croarkin

Dr. Paul Croarkin

Dr. Paul Croarkin is the Gerald L. Klerman Young Investigator Award recipient. Dr. Croarkin received his medical degree at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at University of North Texas. [...]

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Tags: bipolar disorder, depression research, Klerman Award, Mark Frye, Mayo Clinic, Paul Croarkin, psychiatry

June 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Delivery Science Summit 2015 - Last Call for Abstracts

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

DSSLinkedInDelivery Science Summit 2015 invites you to submit your emerging science/late-breaking abstracts. Some recent technical issues affecting the submission tool have now been resolved, and the summit will accept abstracts through June 29.

Together we are building the evidence base in health care delivery, and your work is part of that effort. We need your participation (REGISTER NOW).

Posters will highlight research accomplishments across the following themes:

  • Enhance Patient Experience
  • Improve Population Health
  • Manage Total Cost of Care

abstracts1_mss_0000974297Projects that pertain to research and/or practice of health care delivery are welcome. They may [...]

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Tags: abstracts, Delivery Science Summit, health care delivery, kern center, research conference, Science of health care delivery

June 17th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

What is Discovery Square?

By Bob Nellis

20150616_103248That question is coming up here at BIO 2015 in Philadelphia. People have heard about Destination Medical Center, the long range economic development initiative underway in Rochester, MN. But at the center of the futuristic images on the TV screens here, is the picture of Discovery Square. It's more than an artist's conception says Jamie Rothe, who is representing DMC at this international conference.

"It's both a physical location in the middle of Rochester and a virtual location," she explained. "Some of the visioning is still going on and we will have a pretty clear idea at the end of this year, but it's going to reflect the integration of science, technology, health [...]

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Tags: Destination Medical Center, Jamie Rothe, Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN

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