The Medical Director of the Center for Innovation, Douglas Wood, M.D., sat down recently with one of our Transform Sponsors, Intel, to discuss the future of virtual health care, and the role technology plays in innovation with healthcare.   Below is just...

WellnessNavigators_BlogPost   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.
OpenIdeoBlogPostRealisation The following post was written by Ashley Jablow on the OpenIDEO website.   In our Healthy Ageing Challenge, OpenIDEO community members from across the globe came together to explore what health, wellbeing and ageing mean to them. Sharing over 300 inspirations and collaboratively designing 134 ideas, our community gravitated toward solutions that nurtured intergenerational and peer-to-peer relationships, celebrated and incentivised active lifestyles, cared for our caregivers, empowered people to plan for their futures and designed environments for thriving at every age. In the end, six winning ideas were chosen by the community, our challenge sponsor Mayo Clinic and OpenIDEO. While the challenge ended in late August, our momentum has continued to build since then. In September, Mayo Clinic's Center for Innovation hosted the 2013 Transform Symposium, a three-day, multi-disciplinary convening around health, innovation and design. Mayo Clinic, feeling inspired by our challenge and our community's efforts, decided to extend a last-minute invitation to OpenIDEO community members T. Annie Nguyen and Sylvia Stein to present their winning ideas during a 60-person workshop. Facilitated by IDEO's Gretchen Addi, the workshop was attended by a range of healthcare professionals, architects, designers and journalists, and served as a great chance for Annie and Sylvia to get feedback on their ideas.

Imagine you are a nurse making night rounds. You show up for work and the nurse before you shares that one of the patients in your care tonight will most likely not make it through the evening. He of course...

Transform2013Recap The Transform symposium took stage for the sixth year, bringing together people to collaborate on an ongoing dialogue to create meaningful and transformational change to health care. They came from across the globe, connecting not only in the physical space of the symposium, but also in our Community, On24 Virtual Conference, Twitter, Facebook, and even Second Life. We were honored to have the very talented John Hockenberry to moderate this year’s symposium, and the presenters that graced the stage were second to none. Thought-provoking discussions ranged from the need and benefits of distraction-free family dinners, innovative conceptual designs of wearable tech by local 5th graders, to redefining the word “care.” To close the conference, and unsuspecting presenter, Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil, entranced the audience with a presentation that brought the entire experience together.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjS3s6vrT9E   Watch the Transform symposium this year live on the web for free!   John Hockenberry is the host of public radio's live morning news program "The Takeaway." An Emmy Award- and Peabody Award-winning journalist, he's a former correspondent for NBC News, ABC...