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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 · Leave a 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


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 2nd, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Quest for Alzheimer’s Disease Treatments: Mitochondria Renders Clues

By Bob Nellis

A research group led by Mayo Clinic neuroscientist Eugenia Trushina, Ph.D, has investigated whether treatment with a small molecule CP2 can prevent the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s disease  in three animal models of familial Alzheimer’s, an inherited neurodegenerative disorder with symptoms of progressive cognitive decline in aging populations. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s in […]

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Tags: AD, Alzheimer's, Alzheimer's disease, Eugenia Trushina, neuroscience


March 31st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Health Care Costs Rising? Consider onsite wellness center to reduce costs

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young

A work site wellness center could be an important factor in controlling the costs of health care while encouraging healthy behavior says a Mayo Clinic study. Research published this month in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine showed cost savings averaging several thousand dollars per person visiting Mayo’s employee wellness center, as well notable […]

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Tags: health care costs, kern center, Science of health care delivery, wellness center


March 20th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Hope for reversing multiple sclerosis

By Bob Nellis

In 1983, when Moses Rodriguez, M.D., established a small research lab to study multiple sclerosis (MS) at Mayo Clinic, he was told that he was wasting his time. Dr. Rodriguez, now an emeritus staff member, was trained as a physician in neurology. Adding basic science research to his portfolio would be impossible, he was told. […]

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Tags: biomedical research, moses rodriguez, MS, multiple sclerosis, neurology, neurosciences