• Mayo Clinic to Hold Symposium on Transforming Health Care Delivery

ROCHESTER, Minn. — August 23, 2012. The Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation will hold Transform 2012, its fifth collaborative symposium focused on redesigning the way health care is experienced and delivered, Sept. 9–11 in Rochester. Transform 2012 – Designing Solutions. Inspiring Health will feature dozens of speakers on topics that include designing health care spaces and experiences, new models of care delivery, the power of social media and the growing role of entrepreneurs and startup companies in health care innovation.

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Participants include:

  • Journalist and commentator John Hockenberry, who will moderate the symposium.
  • Garrison Keillor, the host and writer of "A Prairie Home Companion," who will join a discussion about health and inspiration.
  • In the "Elephants in the Room" session, Phil Satow and John MacPhee of the Jed Foundation will share their insights into suicide prevention among college students. They will be joined by journalist and author Michael Wolff, who will discuss his recent experience caring for his terminally ill mother.
  • Adam Darkins, M.D., who leads telehealth programs for the Department of Veterans Affairs, will join the "Connecting for Change" session to discuss telemedicine and disease management technologies that have improved access to care and led to more efficient use of health care resources.

"We are very excited to host such a large number of thought leaders from a wide array of backgrounds," says Nicholas LaRusso, M.D., medical director of the Center for Innovation and the Charles H. Weinman Professor at Mayo Clinic. "We at Mayo Clinic's Center for Innovation know that true innovation requires looking outside and bringing in many points of view to work together, and I am delighted to see that Transform will again draw attendees from around the world who look to connect with colleagues inside and outside the health care industry."

Journalists can request media passes and access to a live webcast by contacting Francesca Dickson at 507-284-5005 or newsbureau@mayo.edu. The public can follow symposium news at the Center for Innovation Blog and on Twitter using hashtag #TXFM.


About Mayo Clinic:

Recognizing 150 years of serving humanity in 2014, Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life. For more information, visit 150years.mayoclinic.orgwww.mayoclinic.org and newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org.

Media Contact: Fran Dickson, 507-284-5005 (days), newsbureau@mayo.edu

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