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May 5th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

What Could Engineering Possibly Have To Offer Health Care?

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young


Jeanne Huddleston, M.D., is the medical director of the Health Care Systems Engineering Program in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery.

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When you think of an engineer, what do you think of?  OK, beyond pocket protectors…what comes to mind?  Engineers solve problems right?  Engineers fix things.

Our system of delivering health care in North America is broken. According to the Common Wealth Fund’s annual international review, the United States received the lowest ranking among the top eleven wealthiest nations for [...]

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Tags: Jeanne Huddleston, Kern center, Science of health care delivery, systems engineering

April 29th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Catching Eye Problems Earlier with Technology

By Bob Nellis

shutterstock_134282846A team of Mayo Clinic ophthalmologists have validated what they are calling a user-friendly computer program for pediatric vision testing. Tomohiko Yamada, O.D. and colleagues tested the the Jaeb Visual Acuity Screener (JVAS) - a computerized test -- on 175 children between 3 and 7 years old. After that, they were also tested by an expert ophthalmologist using conventional methods. The screening test is fast -- an average of only 84 seconds to obtain the crucial information. It's also fairly accurate. Compared to the physician exam, the computer test had only 9 to 17 percent falls positives, depending on the screen criteria. And it uses an algorithm that helps prevent tester bias.

Why is something like [...]

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Tags: eye diseases, eye research, ophthalmology, pediatrics, vision tests

April 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Is It Possible To Get Something Better For Less Money In Health Care?

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young



Jayant Talwalkar, M.D., the medical director of the Value Analysis Program in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery.

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We’ve all experienced prices rising on items while the quality has not changed and perhaps even declined – clothes made with less expensive fabrics for increased prices, foods packaged in smaller amounts at the same price or prices going through the roof without a change in the product. Increases are undoubtedly due to business pressures, but the results are that the consumer pays [...]

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Tags: health care delivery, high value health care, Jayant Talwalkar, Kern center, Science of health care delivery, value analysis

April 21st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Richard Joseph, M.D., Named Doctor of the Year by Melanoma International Foundation

By Bob Nellis

Richard Joseph, M.D.

Richard Joseph, M.D.

Richard Joseph, M.D., an oncologist specializing in melanoma at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus, has been named the 2015 recipient of the “Doctor of the Year Award” presented by the Melanoma International Foundation (MIF). Founded in 2003, MIF is a non-profit organization whose vision is a future where top-notch melanoma treatment is accessible to all patients globally. Now in its tenth year, the annual award not only recognizes a physician involved in clinical research that is on the cutting edge of melanoma treatment, but who also exhibits a caring attitude towards his/her patients.

Dr. Joseph is actively involved in multiple leading edge clinical [...]

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Tags: doctor of the year, Florida, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic Florida, Melanoma, richard joseph

April 21st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Designated as an AHRQ Evidence-based Practice Center

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

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In December, Mayo Clinic’s Evidence-Based Practice Research Program received a highly-competitive designation by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), naming Mayo Clinic one of only 13 Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPCs) in North America.

The EPC program was launched in the 1990’s as an initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. New or renewed selection as an EPC occurs every five years, and EPCs are charged with reviewing existing research and providing a summary of scientific evidence on designated topics. The goal of the program is to improve the effectiveness, appropriateness and overall quality of health care. EPCs seek to synthesize the available evidence and facilitate translation of evidence-based research findings.

Mayo Clinic’s Evidence-Based Practice Program intersects with both the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery and Mayo Clinic’s Knowledge and Evaluation Research Unit.


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Tags: AHRQ, evidence-based practice, Hassan Murad, KER Unit, Kern center, meta analysis, Research, Science of health care delivery, systematic review, Victor Montori, Zhen Wang

April 17th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Presence at Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

Behavioral medicine is a multidisciplinary field that seeks to understand the way a person’s genetic makeup, behavior and surrounding environment interact to determine that person’s health and development of various illnesses. Understanding this interaction leads to discovery of ways to prevent and diagnose disease, or treat individuals – based on their unique story, and the way it mirrors that of the community they belong to.

You will find behavioral medicine experts across Mayo Clinic – many of them within the Robert D. Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. Next week, Lila Finney Rutten, Ph.D., the scientific director of the Population Health Science Program in the Kern Center, [...]

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Tags: Amenah Agunwamba, health care delivery, Jennifer St Sauver, Jon Ebbert, Kern center, Lila Rutten, Michelle van Ryn, population health, Robert Jacobson, Science of health care delivery, Scott Leischow, Shawna Ehlers, Society of Behavioral Medicine

April 14th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Gathering at the Roundtable – Improving Population Health Through Multi-Sector Collaboration

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies undertakes a range of activities to convene leaders and experts from government, industry, academia, and public interest groups to inform policy and research. One IOM venue for convening diverse expertise around a topic of mutual interest is the IOM Roundtable. Roundtables are assembled by the IOM to generate discussion, movement, and knowledge sharing in areas of emerging significance in health. Like King Arthur’s round table of legend, members come together in a collegial fashion to combine strengths in pursuit of common goals.

In recognition of the interdependent environmental, social, economic, behavioral, genetic, and health care factors that determine health, the IOM established the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement in 2013.

Roundtable members envision the creation of an expanded multi-sector health system beyond traditional medical systems to improve quality of life, increase life expectancy, and promote health equality. The Roundtable aims to generate multi-sector discussions and collaborative efforts to improve population health and to disseminate knowledge about lessons learned and best practice in this space. Broadly, through a series of planned workshops, publications, and meetings, the Roundtable explores potential solutions to improve population health through: population-level interventions; modified reimbursement models; integration of primary care and public health; and engagement of community organizations in efforts to improve population health.


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Tags: community health, Institute of Medicine, Jennifer St Sauver, Kern center, Lila Rutten, National Academies, population health, Robert Jacobson, scholar program, Science of health care delivery

April 9th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Deadline Approaching - Submit Abstracts Now for Delivery Science Summit 2015!

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

You are invited to submit an abstract now for Delivery Science Summit 2015. The submission deadline is April 27, 2015.

Hosted by the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, the conference will be held at the Mayo Civic Center, Sept. 16-18, 2015, in Rochester, Minnesota.

It will feature a poster session for presentation of original research across the following thematic areas:

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

Projects that pertain to research and/or practice of health care delivery are welcome. They may include guidelines, randomized trials, outcome studies, practice innovations, modeling methods, policy [...]

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

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