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. Mayo was the first care-delivery group to receive this delegated authority.

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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.

Computerization in Health Care Demands High Data Standards

Harvard Business Review

On the truly positive side, the Mayo Clinic and UnitedHealth Group have teamed up to form Optum Labs, a research group aimed at mining (initially) claims records for over 100 million people and 5 million clinical records. A recent study shows little evidence that any of the projected $81B annual savings has resulted. Recent reports bookend the promise and peril of computerization and the electronic medical record in health care.

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. Mayo is now evaluating the use of RFID systems in other areas of patient care.

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