"We are pleased to be able to be able to restart our health care delivery and quality research awards program with such an impressive group of projects," says Elizabeth Habermann, Ph.D., deputy director of Research for the center. "We look forward to supporting these innovators in their efforts to improve their practice, Mayo's knowledge, and the health of our patients and people everywhere."
Most of the projects are expected to build the evidence for practice transformations across all of Mayo Clinic. Those with local or regional goals are noted with an *. Projects, principal investigators and their home campuses are indicated for grants awarded in these categories:
Health equity and diversity science
Racial and ethnic health care disparities in intraoperative anesthetic management among general surgery patients, principal investigator Adam Milam, M.D., Ph.D., Arizona.
The role of race and ethnicity in decision making for pediatric surgery, principal investigator Yu Shi, M.D., Rochester.
Quality and affordability
Application of artificial intelligence techniques using chest x-rays in predicting patients’ need for mechanical ventilation, co-investigators Pablo Moreno Franco, M.D., Florida, and Matthew Neville, Arizona.
* Department of Cardiovascular Medicine outpatient clinical triage project for patients with atrial fibrillation using artificial intelligence algorithm, co-investigators Kyle Klarich, M.D., Malini Madhavan, M.B.B.S., and Sue Graff, Rochester.
* Early warning risk prediction tool for catheter-associated urinary tract infections — guiding performance to prevention, co-investigators Kai Singbartl, M.D., Eric Siebeneck, and Gina Hull, Arizona.
* Introduction of performance measures as an indicator of quality among patients participating in a three-week interdisciplinary pain management program, principal investigator Paul Scholten, M.D., Florida.
Mayo Clinic Neurosurgery Clinical Registry and Dashboard Quality Initiative — Using data to improve patient care, affordability, and surgical outcomes, principal investigator Mohamad Bydon, M.D., Rochester.
Optimization of the Mayo Clinic Well-Being Index to drive improvements for employee burnout and well-being, co-investigators Kaisa Wieneke and Danielle Teal, Rochester.
Phenotypic-driven identification of rare genetic disease patients, principal investigator Eric Klee, Ph.D., Rochester.
Telemedicine and remote care
Access to interdisciplinary specialty team for patients with sickle cell disease via telehealth, principal investigator Asmaa Ferdjallah, M.D., Rochester.
The transition to outpatient surgery before and after COVID-19: Safety, value, and future implementation, principal investigator Cornelius Thiels, D.O., Rochester.
Projects will receive support from the Mayo Clinic Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery and dedicated time from center staff, including scientists, analysts, project managers and clinical research coordinators. Mayo Clinic benefactor-sponsored funds have been awarded to one of the projects in this cycle from the Genentech Research Fund in Individualized Medicine.
"We hope others across Mayo will see what is possible and consider applying for support during our next request for proposals, expected later this year," says Dr. Habermann. "This kind of work is in the Kern Center's sweet spot, using data and analytics to inform practice transformation in a learning health system."