• By Elizabeth Zimmermann

Delivery Science Summit 2015 to explore tools, best practices for improving health and health care for patients everywhere

September 8, 2015

three tracks smallROCHESTER, Minn. — The science of health care delivery applies innovative science and data to evaluate the quality, safety and value of health care globally, and improve real-world experiences for patients. Health care experts from across the nation will gather in Rochester, Minnesota, Sept. 16-18, to discuss these tools and share best practices and new insights at Delivery Science Summit 2015: Building the Evidence Base in Health Care Delivery.

Hosted by the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, the conference will include three curriculum tracks that will explore new ways to enhance patient experience, improve population health and manage total care costs.

MEDIA CONTACTS:  Elizabeth Zimmermann Young, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu

“From using engineering principles to determine the most efficient way to schedule patient appointments to research focusing on the most successful, cost-effective means for delivering treatment, the science of health care delivery aims to improve health care quality, outcomes and cost,” says Lois Krahn, M.D., Mayo Clinic psychiatrist and Kern Center education director. “We are delighted to welcome leaders in health care delivery from around the world to join in this conversation and share their knowledge.

“Together, we can make a difference, and every one of us – from administrators to providers, engineers to analysts and more – have a role to play in improving health and health care for patients everywhere.”

Delivery Science Summit features two keynote speakers:

  • James Bagian, M.D.
    Bagian is director of the Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety and professor, Department of Anesthesiology and College of Engineering, University of Michigan.
  • William George
    George is a senior fellow at Harvard Business School and former chair and CEO of Medtronic.

Additional experts will discuss how to:

  • Apply health care delivery research methods to create better care experiences for patients
  • Use data science and operational research methods to develop and evaluate new models of care
  • Improve patient care and population health by studying, developing and integrating clinical practice with the patient's community
  • Enhance care delivery and inform policymaking by aligning reimbursement with outcomes
  • Translate research by applying tools and methodologies to create a learning health care system

Emmy Award-winning journalist and former executive editor, Kaiser Health News, Peggy Girshman, will moderate conference discussions for this inaugural event and provide additional perspectives on health care delivery and best practices in communication.

Journalists may request media passes by contacting Elizabeth Zimmermann Young, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu. The public can follow conference news on Mayo Clinic’s Advancing the Science medical science blog and Twitter using hashtag #DSS2015. Additional information about the conference, including registration, is on the Delivery Science Summit website.

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About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to medical research and education, and providing expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing. For more information, visit http://www.mayoclinic.com or http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org.

About the Center
The Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery builds upon more than a century of health care delivery research at Mayo Clinic. The goal of the center is to focus and coordinate resources to analyze, evaluate and implement care delivery models that improve value for patients. For more information, visit http://www.mayo.edu/cshcd.