June 24th, 2016 · Leave a Comment
The Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery has a booth (#211) at theÂ AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting June 25-28 in Boston. Â If youÂ happenÂ to be there, stop by for a visit. You'll be able to learn more about all kinds of health services research going on at Mayo Clinic, although this year much of the conversation will revolve around epidemiology and population health.
We'll be sharing some information about the Rochester Epidemiology Project too, which is celebrating 50 years of continuous National Institutes of Health funding this year. Lots of potentialÂ research projectsÂ in this unique national resource, which has led to more [...]
June 16th, 2016 · Leave a Comment
It has been 50 years since Leonard Kurland, M.D., successfully obtained funding from the National Institutes of Health to start the regional collaboration and medical records-linkage system known as the Rochester Epidemiology Project (REP).
This unique national resource was made possible because of the collegial relations of the health care providers in Rochester, Minnesota, at the time. The initial medical records and the data sharing and data mining capabilities were established by the Mayo brothers as part of their pioneering idea of a group practice and their shared education mindset. Henry Plummer, M.D., Mabel Root, and Joseph Berkson, M.D., icons of Mayo Clinic history, led [...]
June 15th, 2016 · 1 Comment
The Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery is pleased to welcome four new scholars to the Kern Health Care Delivery Scholars Program.
Elizabeth Lorenz, M.D. â€“ Nephrology and Hypertension
Oliver Tobin, M.B.,B.Ch., BAO, Ph.D. â€“ Neurology
June 7th, 2016 · Leave a Comment
By Bob Nellis
From Taiwan to Texas, anyone who has anything to do with biosciences is here in San Francisco to hear speakers, attend education sessions, but mostly to network and make contacts for business and research. Mayo Clinic is here along with Destination Medical Center in Minnesota to talk about our research activities and make a major announcement later today. Mayo's research centers are represented in the Minnesota Pavilion at the conference and by several of our scientists and leaders.
We are spreading the word about Mayo being the NIHâ€™s pick for the national biobank . It was announced [...]
May 31st, 2016 · Leave a Comment
By Bob Nellis
On May 17, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to nivolumab (OpdivoÂ®) for the treatment of patients with classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL) that has relapsed or progressed after autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
Nivolumab also received a breakthrough therapy designation for the treatment of relapsed or refractory cHL after failure of autologous HSCT and brentuximab vedotin. Nivolumab also has orphan drug status for the treatment of Hodgkinâ€™s lymphoma under FDA's accelerated approval program.
Much of the credit for these achievements is due to the work of Stephen Ansell, M.D., Ph.D. of Mayo Clinic. Dr. Ansell led a multi-institution phase I clinical trial of nivolumab which found the immune-boosting drug [...]
May 3rd, 2016 · 3 Comments
Determining which drug works better for which patients
"Our findings definitely point toward important age-related risk that merits consideration when doctors are making treatment recommendations," says lead author Neena S. Abraham, M.D.
To the average TV viewer, it may seem like new drugs flood the marketplace daily.However, from the 1950s until just recently, warfarin was the only available anticoagulant drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent blood clotting. One of the most common reasons people take an anticoagulant is to reduce stroke and heart attack risk related to atrial fibrillation, an irregular and often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow. [...]
April 12th, 2016 · 3 Comments
The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD), with about 14 million new cases each year.
Surprisingly, this STD is largely asymptomatic but can carry quite a punch.Â HPV affects both men and women and can cause cervical cancer and other cancers of the genitals, anus, mouth, and throat, all of which can lead to severe disease, disability, infertility or death.
There are currently three different licensed vaccine options for use in girls and boys that protect against and prevent HPV, and using these vaccines routinely could potentially prevent 70% - 90% of cervical [...]
March 31st, 2016 · Leave a Comment
While absolute rates of biopsy and post-biopsy complications have decreased following several benchmark prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screeningÂ publications, the relative risk for each patient continues to increase, according to a new study by Mayo Clinic researchers.
The study is the largest to examine the impact of PSA screening trials and revised PSA screening guidelines on rates of prostate biopsy and the first to examine their impact on post-biopsy complications. The results, which appear in European Urology, suggest a need to reduce the harm associated with biopsy.
Read the fullÂ news release.
March 30th, 2016 · Leave a Comment
Sean C. Dowdy, M.D., has been appointed Deputy Director for Practice in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery.
Dr. Dowdy is also theÂ Division Chair,Â Gynecologic Surgery within the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. He has a long track record of studying innovation and process improvements in the surgical environment.
Building on Mayo Clinic's more than 100 years of experience in applying scientific and engineering principles to health care delivery, the Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery is transforming the way that patients everywhere receive and experience health care.
The center is highly focused [...]
March 15th, 2016 · 1 Comment
Pancreatic cancer is the fourthÂ leading cause of death in men and women and is projected to increase to the secondÂ leading cause of death by 2020 if there are not significant treatment advances made.
Our current understanding of pancreatic cancer suggests that it is a systemic disease in most patients, meaning, that by the time of usual diagnosis metastasis or spread of the cancer has already occurred, even if imaging studies are normal.Â This aggressive nature of pancreatic cancer highlights the need for innovative treatment or diagnostic options for patients to improve survival.
A studyÂ done by [...]
March 3rd, 2016 · 1 Comment
Medical school training and admissions are going through many changes.Â The medical school entrance exam (Medical College Admission Test or MCAT) is one of the notable changes.Â Â For many years, the test focused on objective knowledge based on general chemistry and stoichiometry, organic chemistry.
The test made a drastic change in 2015 decreasing the questions regarding general chemistry, physics, biology and verbal skills.Â In place of the more traditional questions, the test creators added questions in the domains of psychology and sociology.
This shift in the entrance exam reflects that it is becoming more important that clinicians are able to engage patients in empathic and collaborative ways.Â It advances the notion that [...]
February 23rd, 2016 · Leave a Comment
The national conversation continues to revolve around health care and improvements in health care delivery, and often focuses on finding ways to add value and reduce cost.
At Mayo Clinic, we too seek to enhance health and the way patients experience health care. Nurses are at the front line of patient care, and positioned such, we are able to understand problems and identify solutions from a unique perspective.
Delayed hospital discharges is a prevalent topic in research literature (see PUBMED list) and have been a cause of concern for decades. However, true understanding and methods for [...]
February 19th, 2016 · Leave a Comment
Mayo Clinic'sÂ three transformational centers - theÂ Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, theÂ Center for Regenerative Medicine, and theÂ Center for Individualized MedicineÂ collaborate with theÂ Madonna Living CommunityÂ to offer a bi-monthly speaker series in which Mayo Clinic speakers share their research on topics relevant to both residents and the surrounding community.
On Thursday, February 18,Â Dr. Eric WiebenÂ spoke about Clinomics: New Frontiers in Patient Care to an audience at Madonna's Sister Generose Auditorium.
Dr. Wieben started his talk by defining clinomics as the study of â€“omics data along with its associated clinical data. He then focused on illustrating to the audience [...]
February 16th, 2016 · Leave a Comment
Mayo Clinic is pleased to serve as the host institution for the 2016 Science of Team Science Conference.
With leadership from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a national planning committee, the conference will bring together scientists engaged in team-based research, institutional leaders who promote collaborative research, policy makers and federal agency representatives. The conference will take place May 16â€“19, 2016,Â at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Phoenix.
Abstracts are being sought for oral papers, lightning round presentations, panel presentations, and scientific posters. The deadline to submit abstracts is February 26.
Science of Team Science
The Science of [...]
February 9th, 2016 · Leave a Comment
Leaders from around the world converge annually to take part in global conversations at the World Economic Forum (WEF).Â â€śImproving the state of the world,â€ť lies at the heart of their mission, which they met to discuss in late January.
Notably, John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic President and CEO, and, Sylvia Burwell, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Secretary were both in attendance, championing health and health care delivery.Â Also in attendance and contributing to the conversation were, other top private sector moguls and government officials including, Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, and Canadian [...]
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February 5th, 2016 · Leave a Comment
â€śI saw 21 patients today, and itâ€™s now 5 p.m. There are only seven in the waiting room, despite an afternoon that saw peak registrations of 21 per hour,â€ť said Eric Boie, M.D., Emergency Medicine, one recent Monday evening. â€śI canâ€™t help but think what this Monday would have looked like before [the Emergency Department Clinical Engineering Learning Laboratory]. Clearly ... [there would be] patients waiting and many leaving without being seen.â€ť
Health Care Systems Engineering is one of the programs in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the [...]
January 28th, 2016 · Leave a Comment
The cost of medications is becoming a major threat to patients seeking treatment for disease, and the problem appears to be growing. What role a free market system and competition should play in a commercial area regulated by government regulation including patents is difficult to gauge.Â Patients and advocacy groups are calling for more awareness of the rising prices of important drugs for cancer and other life threatening conditions.
Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University have a strong and growing collaborative relationship surrounding the shared desire to improve health and the way patients experience health care. That collaboration most recently led to a seminarÂ to address issues on pharmaceutical pricing and marketing, bringing together experts from across the [...]
January 26th, 2016 · Leave a Comment
Itâ€™s that time of year when we all make resolutions for the New Year.Â We all strive to better ourselves: our mind, our body, our spirit.Â Refocus and refresh.Â Health care collaboratives seem to be no different, but rather than focusing on the individual, they are focused on bettering the lives of all patients.
Recently, theÂ High Value Healthcare Collaborative (HVHC) repurposed the old and rang in the new HVHC 2.0. Founding member and current executive committee member Rob Nesse, M.D., says â€śit represents a return to our roots.â€ť
Mayo Clinic, in conjunction with 17 other similar health care institutions across the country, including The Dartmouth Institute [...]
January 21st, 2016 · Leave a Comment
The New Year offers an opportunity to take stock of what we are doing to advance the science of health care delivery. In the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, one of the ways we do this is through education â€“ both organic and collaborative programs.
We focus on integrating programs and opportunities to deliver training to current and future health care providers. We seek to equip health care providers with an understanding of the complex issues in the health care system today, and provide them the tools they need to fix it. Such education creates a knowledgeable team equipped to [...]
January 19th, 2016 · 1 Comment
Aging: Itâ€™s a topic that impacts each and every one of us. Itâ€™s the single greatest risk factor for most chronic diseases, which account for the majority of morbidity and health care expenditures in developed nations. In a recently released book, â€śAging: The Longevity Dividend,â€ť experts in the field explore the topic and concurrent research in-depth and call for aging to be brought into the limelight.