Mayo Clinic creates center to study healthcare delivery

The Mayo Clinic has launched the Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, which will focus on the continuous improvement of delivering healthcare services, reports Healthcare Finance News.

"By focusing on how healthcare is delivered, we will define new models of care that increase quality, fulfill the needs of the patients and reduce costs," said Veronique Roger, the center's director. "We will examine precisely what determines high-value health care and then explore how to best apply these high-value healthcare principles, systems and practices in different settings."

The enterprise will study delivery modes throughout the Mayo system, particularly its campuses in Minnesota, Florida and Arizona.

The Mayo Clinic has established a reputation for delivering high-quality care that's below average in cost, but has not been able to specifically quantify what areas of care deliver such value. The new center will focus on the primary cost-drivers and cost-cutters in the healthcare system: chronic diseases. It will focus particularly on diabetes care, ICU care and hip replacement procedures.

Last year, Mayo launched a program at Dartmouth College that studies the delivery of healthcare and will begin awarding a graduate degree in healthcare science delivery later this year.

For more:
- read the Healthcare Finance News article
- read the Mayo Clinic press release