Posted on December 17th, 2013 by Admin
Guest Post Written By: Katie Nelson
OpenIDEO is a global platform that partners with organizations who wish to address a specific problem. Together, they propose a challenge that becomes open for all creative thinkers to weigh in on. How it works: Once a challenge question is posted, individuals are able to share their ideas and experiences. Favorite concepts are then chosen by the sponsoring organization, and the ideas are continually narrowed down until the winning concepts are chosen at the end of the challenge. With hopes of learning about some potential solutions for a challenge Mayo Clinic is no stranger to; they opted to sponsor a challenge back in June: The Healthy Aging Challenge.
Mayo Clinic challenged people to come up with ideas to answer the following question: “How might we all maintain wellbeing and thrive as we age?” This topic was chosen because as the years go on, the number of people reaching the age of 65 and older will continue to skyrocket. So, it is crucial to think about the factors that affect people as they age.
Posted on December 10th, 2013 by Admin
Guest Post Written By: Katie Nelson
In 2012, the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation initiated the Wellness Navigators program at the Mayo Family Clinic in Kasson, MN. Wellness Navigators is a clinic-embedded service, consist of volunteers who help connect patients with resources, in order to address social determinants of health. With preparations underway for a shift towards enhancing the patient experience and reducing the per capita cost of care, the Wellness Navigators service helps achieve both of these goals.
Social determinants of health have a significant influence on the development of medical conditions, and a person’s overall well being. These social determinants can include key aspects of a person’s living situation, their economic situation, work circumstances or their lifestyle in general. Often times, patients medical issues are affected by one or more other social factors. So, this is where the Wellness Navigators come in. These outside needs can be better addressed by embedding the Wellness Navigator volunteers into the clinical setting.
Posted on December 5th, 2013 by Admin
“Can you help me connect?” was all it took for Dan O’Neil, Sr. Project Manager at the Center for Innovation to jump into ‘help mode’ and assist. Dr. Pruthi, Medical Director of Patient Experience at Mayo Clinic and the newly named physician lead of the Center for Innovation Connected Care Platform, embraces new methods and technologies to reach people without the boundaries of time and travel. This bit of serendipity revealed an even deeper connection between Shattuck-St. Mary’s School and Mayo Clinic then the team ever imagined simply because she found herself caught between meetings and away from her office (where normally such connections take place for Dr. Pruthi).
Once connected, on-screen was a Harry Potter-like auditorium filled with upper class students from Shattuck-St. Mary’s School, located in nearby Faribault, and the lesson this day was on breast cancer, in particular, the prevalence of breast cancer in both women and men, how to prevent and monitor our own bodies for signs of concern, and what to do when you see or feel a change in your body. They also discussed how activities like yoga and meditation can help in both treatment and prevention. Turns out Maren LaLiberty, M.D., and the Director of the newly established Bioscience Program at Shattauck-St. Mary’s, had reached out to Dr. Pruthi two years ago when the girls soccer team wanted to do a service learning project focused on breast cancer. In doing their research, they learned about Dr. Pruthi’s work on yoga and wellness activities focused on breast cancer prevention and recovery. Since their initial meeting the girls soccer team has raised over $4,000 for Mayo Clinic, supporting this research.
Posted on December 3rd, 2013 by Admin
The Target Simplicity Challenge, announced at Transform 2013, has now started its semi-finalist phase. More than 480 people submitted ideas to innovate healthcare in two categories that address some of the most critical opportunities in healthcare today: helping people make positive lifestyle and prevention choices, and helping people live well with a chronic condition. Target received submissions from entrants across the country, many from the healthcare industry, as well as from students, innovators, designers and entrepreneurs invested in improving healthcare.
We now need your help to pick the winner. Public voting comprises 10% of [...]
Posted on November 26th, 2013 by Admin
Guest Post Written By: Jessica Solberg
Have you ever heard of the phrase “Second Life?” After hearing this term, and not knowing its meaning, it leaves your mind to contemplate all its potential definitions. “Second Life” is a 3D world in which people are able to interact with others through a virtual interface, and the places visited within the “Second Life” are built by real people. I was lucky enough to get a better understanding of this “Second Life” while watching Mayo Clinic's “guru”, Brian Kaihoi, engage in this virtual reality online. He is a Web Administrator at Mayo Clinic and is fascinated with “Second [...]
Posted on November 20th, 2013 by Admin
For our sixth podcast from the Center for Innovation we spoke with CFI Service Designer Leslie Ruckman on service design and the emerging service and experience economy and it’s impact on healthcare delivery. These aspects all play an important role in projects happening at the Center for Innovation, and is the foundation for the annual Transform symposium.
Enjoy the Podcast!
Posted on November 14th, 2013 by AJ Montpetit
Guest Post Written By: John Sarrouf, Director of The Family Dinner Project
We at The Family Dinner Project are still so energized as we describe to our colleagues, friends and families how much we learned from all of you at Transform 2013! It was a true pleasure to be a part of Transform and to share more about our grassroots movement of food, fun and conversation about things that matter.Now, we hope you'll learn more about what we do and how you might join us in helping families make their homes a hub of health.
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Posted on November 11th, 2013 by Admin
We sat down with Rose Anderson, a Design Researcher here at the Center for Innovation, and talked about why the need for design thinking and a design mindset is necessary at this time for Healthcare, and what it can do to change Healthcare for the betterment of not only the patients, but those who work in Healthcare as well. The list of projects that design thinking has helped shape keeps growing at the Center for Innovation. After the break, click on the icon below to hear the whole story!