About the Center

  • How Mayo Clinic hopes to improve America's health care delivery system

    A simplified version: How Mayo Clinic hopes to improve America's health care delivery system.

The challenges facing the country's health care system, from issues with access to rising costs, are considerable and complex. To transform the way that health care is delivered and experienced at Mayo Clinic and across the country, the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery was established in 2011.

Led by Veronique L. Roger, M.D., a cardiologist and epidemiologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., the center brings together and expands Mayo's already extensive efforts in health care delivery research; systems engineering; and value, quality and policy analysis.

Making the Mayo Clinic Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery particularly unique is its ability to draw on Mayo Clinic's broad resources and expertise to translate ideas and findings into real-world applications.

With Mayo's culture of teamwork and collaboration, new models of health care delivery move from the earliest stages of research and discovery, through rigorous testing and refinement, and into routine patient care more rapidly than anywhere else.

The center builds on Mayo's strong history of taking a scientific approach to health care delivery. Since the early 1900s, Mayo Clinic has been finding innovative ways to make medical practice more efficient and effective.

One of Mayo's first doctors, Dr. Henry S. Plummer, is credited with developing several concepts that today are commonplace at medical facilities around the world, such as a single, unified medical record for each patient.