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May 29th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Precision Medicine Using Big Data

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

One of our goals at Mayo Clinic is to improve the way patients experience health care. We established the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery to investigate ways to improve across the continuum of health care delivery. In the center, we look at systems engineering, […]

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Tags: anticoagulant, big data, BMJ, dabigatran, health care delivery, Individualized Medicine, kern center, Neena Abraham, Optum Labs, Precision Medicine, rivaroxaban, Science of health care delivery, warfarin


May 19th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Single Biggest Concern: A Palliative Approach

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

For people living with serious illness, both patients and care providers, identifying the single biggest concern can be a difficult task.  There are so many concerns – from “Who will help me if I am too weak to care for myself?” to “How can we treat my nausea and pain?”  When interrupted by a serious […]

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Tags: Bob Shannon, Cory Ingram, Jeff Sloan, kern center, palliative care, patient reported outcomes, PROs, Ryan Utti, Science of health care delivery, Tom Fitch


May 12th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Setting a Course for Sustainable Integrated Care with COMPASS

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

Managing mental health in a primary care setting Mayo Clinic continually seeks ways to improve the way patients experience health care. One of the areas currently being investigated is mental health – specifically we are looking at ways to integrate behavioral health care into the primary care setting, providing opportunities for early intervention, enabling team-based […]

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Tags: behavioral health, COMPASS, ICSI, integrated care, kern center, Mark Williams, mental health, Science of health care delivery


May 8th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Bridging Health Care Delivery and Community Health – An Opportunity to Reduce Health Disparities?

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

  Amenah Agunwamba, Sc.D., is a Health Sciences Research Fellow in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery ________________________________________________________________________ Last month, I and 1,500 other researchers and clinicians from across more than 20 different disciplines, convened in San Antonio for the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s […]

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Tags: Amenah Agunwamba, health sciences research fellow, kern center, Lila Rutten, Science of health care delivery, Society for Behavioral Medicine


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

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


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. ________________________________________________________________________ We’ve all experienced prices rising on items while the quality has not changed and perhaps even declined – clothes made with less expensive fabrics […]

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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

Mayo Clinic Designated as an AHRQ Evidence-based Practice Center

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

Continuing more than a century of health care delivery research and innovation 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 7th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

On Being a Kern Scholar in the Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

  M. Fernanda Bellolio, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Mayo Clinic, and a Health Care Delivery Scholar in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery.  ________________________________________________________________________ I remember like yesterday when I received an e-mail from Drs. Jon Tilburt (@DrJonTilburt) and […]

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Tags: Fernanda Bellolio, health care delivery, kern center, Kern Scholars, Optum Labs, Science of health care delivery