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November 10th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Building the Evidence Base in Health Care Delivery — Underutilization of Inexpensive Test Could Have Dire Consequences

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

CA 19-9 tumor marker test especially important for early-stage patients, Mayo finds Only 1 in 5 U.S. pancreatic cancer patients receive a widely available, inexpensive blood test at diagnosis that can help predict whether they are likely to have a better or worse outcome than average and guide treatment accordingly, a Mayo Clinic study shows. […]

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Tags: Carlos Puig, Christopher Shubert, David Nagorney, Elizabeth Habermann, John Bergquist, kern center, Mark Truty, Michael Farnell, Michael Kendrick, pancreatic cancer, Rory Smoot, Ryan Groeschl, underutilization


October 20th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

What others are saying…Mayo Clinic and value-based care

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

A collaborative study co-led by breast surgeon Judy Boughey, M.D.; surgical outcomes researcher Elizabeth Habermann, Ph.D.; and pathologist Gary Keeney, M.D.; that was published more than a year ago, is making news again this month. Impact of analysis of frozen-section margin on reoperation rates in women undergoing lumpectomy for breast cancer: Evaluation of the National […]

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Tags: Elizabeth Habermann, Harvard Business Review, HBR, high value health care, kern center, surgical outcomes, value analysis


October 13th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Simple Shift, Four Numbers, Big Results

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

Jon Ebbert, M.D., is a primary care physician and researcher, and the Minnesota & Midwest Site Director for the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery ___________________________________________________________________ Research published recently by colleagues in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science […]

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Tags: Big Data, research, value analysis, AHRQ


September 14th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Human antibody can delay Lou Gehrig’s Disease in two mouse models

By Colette Gallagher colettegallagher

Researchers at Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota have successfully used a single dose of a natural human antibody to delay degeneration of spinal cord neurons in two distinct mouse models of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease). The study, published in Disease Models & Mechanisms, suggests new possible therapies for patients […]

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Tags: ALS, ALS Association, moses rodriguez, multiple sclerosis, neurology


August 11th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Breathing Easier – New Understanding for Asthma Medication Management

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Young elizabethzimmermann

  Matthew Rank, M.D. (@MatthewRankMD) is a practicing allergy and asthma  specialist and associate professor of medicine based in Arizona. He is also the director of the Kern Scholars Program in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery.  ________________________________________________________________________ For those who struggle with asthma, the goal […]

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Tags: asthma, kern center, Matthew Rank, Optum Labs, research, Science of health care delivery


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. jonebbertmd

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. jonebbertmd

“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 bobnellis

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 elizabethzimmermann

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 elizabethzimmermann

“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


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