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Fri, Apr 7 8:00am · The value in second opinions

One of the reasons patients come to Mayo Clinic is to obtain a second opinion. This can be lifesaving. In a recent research publication, Extent of diagnostic agreement among medical referrals, a Mayo Clinic physician-scientist team showed that for a group of 286 patients referred from primary [...]

Nov 21, 2016 · Physician heal thyself

In recent months, we have heard a lot about physician burnout, medical student suicide, and other health care provider health and wellness issues. A growing problem, and one that is difficult to combat, as physician shortages are predicted to rise in the future, placing ever more burden on those in the system. Shortages lead to issues accessing care. We worry about whether it will become more difficult for patients to access health care services, leading to poorer health outcomes. Before now, not much attention was paid to whether or not the doctors themselves had difficulty accessing care. Little is known about the contribution to physician health of access to care. One might assume that for a medical doctor, care access is as simple as walking across the hall. Unfortunately, nothing is that simple. [...]

Oct 4, 2016 · Prostate biopsies down, complications up

Researchers are seeking ways to make prostate cancer biopsies safer. While absolute rates of biopsy and post-biopsy complications have decreased after several benchmark prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening publications, the relative risk for each patient continues to increase, according to a new study by Mayo [...]

Wed, Feb 1 8:40am · The role of Internet resources in clinical oncology: promises and challenges

In a new article published in Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology, learn how Internet trends among oncology patients and those that care about them are changing. Co-authored by Lila Rutten, Ph.D., Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Scientific Director for Population Health Science in the Mayo [...]

Wed, Apr 26 6:41am

@vincentemcgrath, you are correct. Artificial intelligence can help us in so many ways. Here's what our CIO had to say about it recently: http://medcitynews.com/2017/02/mayo-clinic-cio-ai-stuff-really-real/ And a story that tells you about one of our efforts in developing 'sniffers' - complex algorithms (aka artificial intelligence) that can aggregate multiple data sources/points [...]

Jun 24, 2016 · Mayo Clinic at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting

The Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery has a booth (#211) at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting June 25-28 in Boston.  If you happen to be there, stop by for a visit. You'll be able to learn [...]

Jan 5, 2016 · Did your patient have cardiac ablation? Don’t stop the anticoagulant!

Peter Noseworthy, M.D., is a cardiac electrophysiologist at Mayo Clinic, and a Kern Health Care Delivery Scholar in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. ________________________________________________________________________ As a cardiac electrophysiologist, I [...]

Thu, Mar 30 8:00am · Understanding more--Heart failure patients and skilled nursing facilities

https://youtu.be/KN8Q28JTiho For many people diagnosed with heart failure – which almost invariably results in a hospital stay – the next stop is a skilled nursing facility. While their physician  often will reassure them that it’s just for a short time until they can get back to their home, in reality, that stay is long (averaging 144 days). And often they find themselves back in the hospital and back to a nursing facility again. In a new study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Mayo Clinic researchers and collaborators report new understanding and new hope for heart failure patients. [...]

Dec 1, 2015 · Small School - National Influence - Right Tools

Mayo Medical School is equipping students with the tools they will need to fix the nation's health care system. Over the next two years, the school will establish a national footprint, expanding from a Minnesota campus into Arizona and Florida, and more than doubling its student body. At the [...]

Tue, Jan 24 8:00am · Introducing the Sepsis and Shock Response Team, and other care-improving research outcomes

Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection. Typically, sepsis occurs in people who are already hospitalized, but is also diagnosed among patients who come to the emergency department. It is the most expensive condition treated in the U.S. In 2002, the Society of Critical Care [...]
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