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Integrating Maintenance of Board Certification and Health Systems’ Quality-Improvement Programs

Harvard Business Review

Most physicians complete quality-improvement projects individually by completing modules provided by the specialty certification boards to collect, analyze, and improve quality on subsets of 25 to 50 patients. To address this shortcoming, Mayo Clinic formed a partnership in 2009 with the American Board of Family Medicine, the American Board of Internal Medicine, and the American Board of Pediatrics to create a pilot program: the Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program for Part IV MOC.

Liberating Patients from Mechanical Ventilation Sooner

Harvard Business Review

At the Mayo Clinic, we implemented sedation-weaning and ventilator-weaning protocols and a color-coded communications scheme in the ICU in an effort to more quickly identify mechanically ventilated patients who were able to be awakened and breathe on their own. We should note that we did not collect patient outcomes data — this project was designed only to improve our compliance with the SAT and SBT protocols, which have been proven to be beneficial. Leading Health Care Innovation.

How RFID Technology Improves Hospital Care

Harvard Business Review

When redesigning the new and expanded emergency room at the Mayo Clinic’s Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, Mayo leaders didn’t just want to add more rooms and square feet. The project was launched in 2013, and the RFID system was rolled out in stages starting in the summer of 2015. Mayo is now evaluating the use of RFID systems in other areas of patient care.