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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.

The 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, […]

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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.

“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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 9th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Surgical Outcomes – A Focus Area for Continuous Improvement

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

“A surgical procedure should be planned so that the patient, with the least possible risk and loss of time, will receive the greatest possible benefit.” -Dr. Charlie Mayo, 1930. The field of Surgical Outcomes Research is often traced back to Dr. Ernest Codman, who self-published A Study of Hospital Efficiency: As Demonstrated by the Case Report […]

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Tags: Elizabeth Habermann, health care delivery, kern center, Science of health care delivery, surgical outcomes


June 2nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Plays Role in Developing New HIV Guidelines

By Bob Nellis

Treatment for HIV should begin right at the point of diagnosis. That’s the conclusion of a major international clinical study funded by the National Institutes of Health. The Strategic Timing of AntiRetroviral Treatment (START) study is a randomized clinical trial operating on 215 sites in 35 countries, of which Mayo Clinic is one, funded by […]

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Tags: AIDS, HIV, infectious diseases, Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, NIH, Stacey Rizza, Zelalem Temesgen


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 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Improve Health of Pediatric Populations Using the Stepped Wedge Design

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

  Robert Jacobson, M.D., is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, and serves as the medical director for the Population Health Science Program at the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. He also leads Mayo’s Employee and […]

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Tags: health care delivery, kern center, pediatrics, Population Health, Robert Jacobson, Science of health care delivery, Yasaman Fatemi


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


April 29th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Catching Eye Problems Earlier with Technology

By Bob Nellis

A 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 […]

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