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August 4th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

From the Desk of a Scholar – Learning, Collaboration, Community

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

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Shannon Dunlay, M.D., is an assistant professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic, with joint appointments in Cardiovascular Diseases and Health Sciences Research, and a recent Health Care Delivery Scholar in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery

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Having recently completed two years as a Kern Scholar in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery (CSHCD), I thought this would be a good opportunity to reflect on my time.  When I began the program, I had just completed my fellowship and joined the staff [...]

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Tags: cardiovascular, kern center, Kern Scholars, Optum Labs, Science of health care delivery, Shannon Dunlay

July 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Stephen Riederer, Ph.D., Elected Fellow of American Association of Physicists in Medicine

By Bob Nellis Bob Nellis

Stephen Riederer, Ph.D.

Stephen Riederer, Ph.D.

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) has announced the election of Mayo Clinic’s Stephen Riederer, Ph.D., as a Fellow of the association. The category of Fellow honors members who have distinguished themselves by their contributions in research, education or leadership in the medical physics community. The award was presented at the annual meeting of the AAPM in July.

Dr. Riederer has been the Director of the MR Laboratory and a member of the Physics Division of the Department of Radiology of Mayo Clinic in Rochester since 1988. His research interests are in the technical development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This includes use of [...]

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Tags: physics, radiology, Stephen Riederer

July 30th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Triple Aim Curriculum! Register Now for Delivery Science Summit 2015

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

Mayo Clinic’s Delivery Science Summit 2015 will provides attendees with outstanding plenary and keynote presenters as well as the flexibility of three different curriculum tracks based on the Triple Aim.

Berwick DM, Nolan TW, Whittington, J. 2008. “The Triple Aim: Care, Health and Cost.” Health Affairs, 27 (3), 759-769

Berwick DM, Nolan TW, Whittington, J. 2008. “The Triple Aim: Care, Health and Cost.” Health Affairs, 27 (3), 759-769

More than 100 abstracts will be presented as well from across the continuum of health care delivery.

Track highlights include multiple presenters in each of the subject areas:

  • Enhance Patient Experience
    • Improving Health and Health Care by [...]

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Tags: conference, Delivery Science Summit, health care costs, kern center, patient experience, Population Health

July 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Collaborations – The Key to Advancing Research

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young 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. 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. 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 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 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

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