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Mar 4, 2014 · Mayo Clinic Expands Its Reach in 2013

John Noseworthy, M.D., CEO of Mayo ClinicI am pleased to report that Mayo Clinic reached a record 63 million people in 2013. Our strong performance was bolstered by successful implementation of new care delivery models — such as the Mayo Clinic Care Network — that provide knowledge to patients, physicians and consumers in traditional and new ways.

Expanding our reach is not a new goal for us.  In fact, as we consider our history, growth has been a constant for 150 years.

In 1983, Mayo treated 200,000 unique patients a year. In 2011, Mayo reached just over 20 million people a year and only two years later, in 2013, Mayo Clinic reached 63 million people. The numbers reflect:

  • 1.2 million unique patients who come to Mayo Clinic from every state and 135 countries
  • 4.1 million unique diagnostic tests through Mayo Medical Laboratories (MML) in more than 130 countries
  • 7 million patients through Mayo Clinic Care Network
  • 7.4 million people through Mayo’s social media channels
  • 43.5 million people through products and services from Mayo’s Global Business Solutions (including online sources)

Mayo Clinic Care Network Map, 3/6/2014The Mayo Clinic Care Network is a centerpiece of Mayo Clinic’s evolved health care delivery model. The network, launched in September 2011, now includes 26 members. The Mayo Clinic Care Network is a network of like-minded organizations which share a common commitment to improving the delivery of health care in their communities through high-quality, data-driven, evidence-based medical care. The network recognizes that people prefer to get their health care close to home.

The main goal of the network is to help people gain the benefits of Mayo Clinic expertise without having to travel to a Mayo Clinic facility. Altru Health System, Grand Forks, ND was the first to join Mayo Clinic Care Network on September 14, 2011. WellStar Health System in Atlanta is the newest member. WellStar serves a population of more than 1.4 million residents in five counties and is the largest not-for-profit health system in Georgia with 13,000 employees.

Editor’s note:John Noseworthy, M.D. is the CEO and president of Mayo Clinic.

Feb 13, 2014 · Optum Labs Welcomes New Partners

John Noseworthy, M.D., CEO of Mayo ClinicA year ago we had the privilege of joining with Optum, a division of UnitedHealth Group, to announce the launch of Optum Labs, an open research collaborative co-founded by Optum and Mayo Clinic.  This collaboration is working to advance the science of health care delivery by gathering a multitude of health care data and applying state-of-the-art analytical tools to answer some of health care’s toughest questions.  By analyzing quality and cost of both claims and clinical data, we can for the first time, get to the root of creating value in health care.

Over the course of the last year, the leadership and staff were put in place to run Optum Labs. In addition, strict standards and protocols were tested and put in place to protect the confidentiality of all data, and last summer, teams of researchers began conducting research utilizing the unprecedented data and analytical resources. This research is now in the process of being published and incorporated into real improvements in clinical practice.

We are thrilled that today, seven leading health care organizations are also joining the Optum Labs collaborative, bringing their own unique mix of data and expertise focused on creating the highest value health care possible for patients. This strong group of organizations further strengthens Optum Labs, allowing us to create a data-driven, transparent system of health care delivery.

These new organizations include:

  • Optum LabsAmerican Medical Group Association, Alexandria, Va.
  • Boston University School of Public Health, Boston
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, Pa.
  • Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE), New York, N.Y.
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, N.Y.
  • Tufts Medical Center, Boston
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Minneapolis

We welcome these groups and the fresh insights and perspectives that they bring to this collaboration. In addition to having access to large sources of clinical and claims information, all partners will now benefit from the unique viewpoints that others bring as we work to transform health care in the U.S. and truly meet the needs of patients in this country.

Editor’s note: John Noseworthy, M.D. is the CEO and president of Mayo Clinic.

Feb 7, 2014 · The World Economic Forum Looks to the Future of Health Care

World Economic Forum signIn prior Future of Health Care blog posts, we’ve discussed issues facing our health care system as we look to provide new solutions for better and safer patient care at reduced costs. Our conversations have centered on needed steps to make this happen such as mending our fragmented care system, funding research, and improving our reimbursement model.

We need to challenge ourselves to create a truly patient-centered model of care and put the incentives in the right place to curb costs and keep people healthy. Mayo Clinic has been perfecting this model for 150 years and I felt privileged to share some of our insights with my colleagues and to learn from them at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014  in Davos, a small ski town in the Swiss Alps.

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This year health care took center stage and I had the honor of serving as one of the healthcare governors at the WEF where more than 2,500 leaders including heads of state, CEOs of top global companies, representatives of multinational institutions and NGOs, and members of academia and media gathered to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world.

For the last several years, globally economic issues have understandably dominated much of the Davos agenda leaving issues like health care to be discussed at the margins of the forum. This year, health care and its primary role to stabilize and drive the world economy took center stage. I was delighted that the WEF leadership recognized the opportunity and immersed the Davos delegates in topics concerning health and well-being, peppering over 25 sessions woven throughout the public and private program.

The conversations ranged from health challenges (e.g. the rising burden of mental health, dementia, non-communicable diseases), the effects of technology and hyper-connectivity, to medical breakthroughs in personalized medicine, big data and digital health. We debated how an outcomes-based approach improves the sustainability of the systems in the mature economies and how emerging economies leapfrog to enable better performance.

Dr. Noseworthy at the WEF 2014These great conversations allowed health care to be seen as an economic and societal issue — one that will need the attention of society as a whole, not just medical professionals. One of the building blocks of the more sustainable systems of the future will require public-private partnerships to empower individuals to take greater responsibility for their health and well-being — a new ‘health contract’ of sorts. Focusing on outcomes will shift the economics of being healthy from “health as a cost” to “health as an investment”, leading to more productive societies and economic growth.

The value of Davos is that it is a truly “multi-stakeholder reunion,” as Klaus Schwab, the founder of WEF, explained in his welcoming address. The Forum’s purpose is to “improve the state of the world” – what better place to start than health care.


Jan 3, 2014 · Meet the Press Interview

On Sunday, I will participate in an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press with David Gregory. I’ll be on the show with my counterpart from Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Delos Cosgrove. We’ll discuss the Affordable Care Act and look to its impact in the future of health care. Throughout the past year, as I’ve talked about the ACA, I’ve continued to say that it is a step in the right direction. Now it’s time to address other extremely important factors, such as our country’s fragmented care, uneven quality and broken reimbursement model. I look forward to the discussion on Sunday and will share the highlights from the interview in next week’s post.

Nov 25, 2013 · WSJ CEO Council Health Care Recommendations

Last week, I participated in the annual meeting of the Wall Street Journal CEO Council, where task forces discussed issues and opportunities in many arenas in the U.S. — health care, energy, capitalism, competitiveness and cyber security. I was pleased to co-chair the health care innovation break-out group joining corporate leaders from across the country to recommend these priorities to successfully advance the future of health care.

  • WSJ Post TweetReform our current pay system, including modernizing Medicare reimbursement and creating a pay-for-value payment system instead of a fee-for service model.
  • Focus on quality, where better outcomes, safety and service are at the core of caring for patients.
  • Adopt team-based care, in which health care providers work together in their organizations and with other institutions to better address preventive care and manage chronic illnesses in the U.S.
  • Engage consumers in their health care decisions, where incentives are created to focus on prevention, and to promote an environment where providers and patients create plans for treating illness and maintaining health.

To read the entire report, click here.

Editor’s note: John Noseworthy, M.D., is the president and CEO of Mayo Clinic.

Nov 15, 2013 · Fortune Leadership Series

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Mayo Clinic was honored this year to be included in Fortune magazine’s Leadership Series. In this article senior editor-at-large Geoff Colvin asked insightful questions about our institution and we talked about the concerns and opportunities we have in health care today.Dr. Noseworthy during Fortune interview

Geoff wrote: “When you run the world’s largest private medical practice, you don’t just respond to sweeping changes in health care — you can also influence them.”  I appreciate his observations because Mayo Clinic has always felt a responsibility to help figure out the best ways to care for and treat patients, and then share that knowledge with others.

We spoke about the main topic in health care today — the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. At this point, the ACA is about insurance reform; at Mayo, we’re looking down the road and focusing on the future of health care. We have concerns about the fragmentation and quality of care in this country, and we want to be part of the change that is needed in those areas. Ultimately, we want to have a system that offers quality, affordability and sustainability.

Editor’s note: John Noseworthy, M.D., is the president and CEO of Mayo Clinic.


Nov 12, 2013 · Inspired by One Heart — Center for Regenerative Medicine

HLHS heart with labelHarrison was a 4-year-old little boy who had a brilliant smile, loved Superman and enjoyed eating plain spaghetti noodles. Unfortunately Harrison passed away last year from hypoplastic left heart syndrome, or HLHS.  Treatments are highly limited for this devastating disease and far too many children die from this condition world-wide.

Because of Harrison, we hosted a very special event at Mayo Clinic on HLHS. More than 200 physicians, researchers, lab personnel, children and parents from around the country gathered together to connect with one another, learn about HLHS research, share their personal stories, and work together to advance the care and treatment for those with this condition.

HLHS eventThe work being done in the Center for Regenerative Medicine’s Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome is just one example of the innovative research being done at Mayo Clinic and pinpoints the pressing need to accelerate the translation of research discoveries into patient care. Patients and their families depend on these scientific discoveries every day.

Our Mayo Clinic staff hold their inspirations close to their hearts, and the inspiration Harrison has provided is no different — inspiring great work that will benefit the lives of many patients and families well into the future.

Editor’s note: John Noseworthy, M.D., is the president and CEO of Mayo Clinic.

Nov 6, 2013 · A Perspective on the Future of Health Care with the Harvard Business Review

Individualized MedicineI recently had the opportunity to work with the editors of Harvard Business Review and New England Journal of Medicine to publish this perspective piece on their site “Leading Health Care Innovation,” which incorporates content on the “big ideas” in health care, ideas for managing and implementing innovation, and examples from the front lines of the future of health care.

In my post, I focused on overcoming fragmentation in health care and creating a sustainable health care system that focuses on truly meeting the needs of patients. This includes systematically sharing knowledge across the health care system, addressing uneven quality by purposefully designing, implementing and diffusing quality improvement efforts throughout the country, and making all of this sustainable by focusing on value and investing in scientific research.

It is a vision that requires collaboration, innovative ideas, and sharing knowledge, all focused on what is best for patients. We are investing in new areas of research that will define the future of health care, such as individualized medicine and regenerative medicine. By doing this, we can create a health care system that provides the high value care our country’s patients expect and deserve.

Editor’s note: John Noseworthy, M.D., is the president and CEO of Mayo Clinic

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