Clinical Engineering Learning Laboratories

A key initiative in the Health Care Systems Engineering Program in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery includes advancing knowledge and transforming patient care through Clinical Engineering Learning Laboratories (CELLs). These learning labs bring together systems engineers, care teams, clinical staff and patients to improve quality, safety and efficiency of patient care.

The first of these Clinical Engineering Learning Labs began in the Department of Emergency Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. Known as ED-CELL, this collaboration allows department staff members to collect information, test novel ideas, learn together and use that knowledge to rapidly deploy innovation to improve patient care and staff experience.

Read more about ED-CELL.

In late 2016, the second Mayo Clinic Clinical Engineering Learning Laboratory was established in the Department of Radiology; it is known as RAD-CELL.

The complex nature of activity flow, wait times, caregiver hand-offs, and other patient, staff and patient-support activities are difficult to map and measure. RAD-CELL promotes data-driven decision-making in radiology to drive efficiency, automation and improved performance. Among other potential discoveries, RAD-CELL researchers are developing a dashboard with foundational practice analytics, enabling a more predictable patient experience in the hospital.