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June 7, 2013

Mayo Clinic in the News Weekly Highlights

By Karl W Oestreich Karl W Oestreich

    June 7, 2013 Mayo Clinic in the News is a weekly highlights summary of major media coverage. If you would like to be added to the weekly distribution list, send a note to Emily Blahnik with this subject line: SUBSCRIBE to Mayo Clinic in the News. Thank you. Karl Oestreich, manager enterprise media […]

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Tags: : ABC News Radio, alcohol, Amy Olson, Biomedicine, BringMeTheNews, Business Standard, Cancer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, chronic disease, Closing Bell, CMS, CNBC


May 2, 2013

How Kaiser bet $4 billion on electronic health records — and won

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty

In July 1907, the first great breakthrough in medical IT took place at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.: the paper medical record, dropped into a paper folder and stored in a file cabinet. Until then, information on patients was kept in a ledger that recorded all of a day’s patient visits, one after the […]

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Tags: electronic health records, InfoWorld, medical IT, medical record, paper medical record


May 2, 2013

General Anesthesia Not Linked to Raised Risk for Dementia

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty

Despite previous concerns, older people who receive general anesthesia are not at greater risk of developing long-term dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, a new study says.  The study, by researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., involved 900 patients over the age of 45 who had dementia, a disease that affects brain functions such as […]

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Tags: alzheimer's disease, dementia, Dr. David Warner, general anesthesia, HealthDay


May 1, 2013

ECG Alarm Alerts Docs to Silent Killer

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty

An institution-wide, computer-based alert system for irregular heart rhythms identified and characterized patients at risk of death, researchers found. Patients identified by the alert system with a greater than 500 ms corrected interval between the Q and T waves of their ECG cycle had a significantly higher risk of death compared with a QTc interval […]

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Tags: alert system, Dr. Michael Ackerman, ECG alarm, irregular heart rhythms, MedPage Today


May 1, 2013

No Link Between Anesthesia, Dementia in Elderly, Mayo Clinic Study Finds

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty

Elderly patients who receive anesthesia are no more likely to develop long-term dementia or Alzheimer’s disease than other seniors, according to new Mayo Clinic research. The study analyzed thousands of patients using the Rochester Epidemiology Project — which allows researchers access to medical records of nearly all residents of Olmsted County, Minn. — and found […]

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Tags: alzheimer's disease, anesthesia, elderly patients, HealthCanal, medical records, Olmsted County, Rochester Epidemiology Project


May 1, 2013

With Mayo millions aboard, Senate passes tax bill

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty

The Minnesota Senate passed a tax bill late Monday that raises $1.8 billion in new revenue, expands the state’s sales tax and gives $455 million to the Mayo Clinic. But the passage didn’t come as easy as DFL leaders had expected. Minnesota Public Radio reports that the bill was initially defeated, 32-34, after which the […]

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Tags: Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Minnesota Legislature, Minnesota Public Radio, Minnesota Senate, state sales tax, tax bill


April 30, 2013

Army Reserve Soldiers train at world-renowned Mayo Clinic by Gonda Bock

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty

This fictitious scenario actually played out at the Mayo Multidisciplinary Simulation Training Center, or MMSTC, in Rochester, Minn., where the 865th Combat Support Hospital, or CSH, was doing a training exercise…The first steps toward the development of this partnership between the Army Reserve and world renowned Mayo Clinic began in 2011 when Dr. Walter Franz, […]

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Tags: Army Reserve, Army.mil, Combat Support Hospital, Dr. Walter Franz, Mayo Multidisciplinary Simulation Training Center, MMSTC


April 30, 2013

Health Care’s ‘Dirty Little Secret’: No One May Be Coordinating Care

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty

Some medical centers have taken steps to improve communication, assigning color-coded ID tags or scrubs to staff members so patients know who’s a nurse and who’s a doctor, and installing white boards in patient rooms, where a nurse starting a shift can jot down his or her name. At some facilities, hospitalists write their names […]

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Tags: communication, coordinating care, Health Care, Kaiser Health News, Michael Rock, pre-admission education


April 30, 2013

New Mayo tool IDs heart patients at risk for premature death

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic have developed a computer-aided electronic warning system to help identify patients at risk for premature death, such as from an abnormality in the heart’s electrical system, the institution recently announced. Findings on the system were published in this month’s Mayo Clinic Proceedings…What’s more, lead study author Michael Ackerman, a pediatric cardiologist at […]

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Tags: computer program, Dr. Michael Ackerman, electronic warning, FierceHealthIT, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, premature death


April 30, 2013

On second try, Mayo Clinic’s DMC plan passes Senate

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty

It took a do-over vote, but Mayo Clinic’s quest for state dollars to help support its ambitious expansion efforts cleared a critical hurdle on Monday night. Its passage, however, was anything but easy. On the first try, the Senate tax bill, which includes roughly half a billion dollars for Mayo’s Destination Medical Center initiative, failed […]

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Tags: destination medical center, DMC, do-over vote, Minnesota Legislature, Post Bulletin, state funding


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