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January 16, 2015

Collaborating to Enhance Patient Experience

By Elizabeth Zimmermann


The best interest of the patient is the only interest to be considered, and in order that the sick may have the benefit of advancing knowledge, union of forces is necessary- Dr. William J. Mayo, 1910

The motivation behind Mayo Clinic's many collaborative relationships is to improve patient care. These relationships are focused on finding better ways to engage patients and families in shared decision making; by identifying and implementing best practices to reduce costs and improve outcomes; by inventing new ways to deliver care through new technologies, new treatments, and developing new models of care delivery.

Collaboration starts at Mayo Clinic through the multidisciplinary, integrated care delivery model, with specialists and primary care providers, researchers and systems engineers, other healthcare professionals ...all part of the 'union of forces' required to advance knowledge in support of our patients.  It extends across the Mayo Clinic Health System and into the Mayo Clinic Care Network.  Beyond that, it extends into our many research collaborations with patient advocacy groups, providers, payers, academic organizations, life sciences, and government and non-government research teams.

Our most recent news on the collaboration front is the addition of five new collaborators to Optum Labs - the collaborative research and innovation center co-founded by Optum and Mayo Clinic.

  • The Brown University School of Public Health
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • ResMed

Researchers from these organizations will join researchers from across the health care landscape to leverage the power of big data to identify best practices, and then to communicate those best practices to organizations that can effect needed change.

The Optum Labs collaboration is one of several that fall within the Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. Read more about the newest collaborators in the news release.

Tags: big data, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Innovations, News, OptumLabs, Progress Updates

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