March 22, 2010

Innovation comes through mindset, Mayo Clinic, Hormel officials say


Innovation is more a mindset than a department or an initiative, according to a Hormel Foods Corp. official who presented at a meeting Thursday about how organizations can become more innovative.

The "Innovation Leadership: Creativity for Performance Summit" on Thursday night offered solutions from Hormel and Mayo Clinic officials. About 80 people were in attendance at the forum, sponsored by the Augsburg College MBA Program; the Post-Bulletin Co.; and the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce.


A Mayo Clinic official also presented in showing how they have tried to think differently in terms of patient care and patient needs.

Barbara Spurrier, director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation, said Mayo Clinic has been working to develop the "eConsults" system, which can use advanced audio and video to give primary care providers help from Mayo Clinic specialists.

One in eight Americans lack access to quality health care, she said, and the program can allow patients to receive care without having to travel far.


Post-Bulletin, by Elliott Mann, 3/19/20210


Additional coverage: KAAL

Tags: Augsburg, Barbara Spurrier, Hormel Institute, Innovation (Center of), Innovation summit, Mayo Clinic

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