About the Center

Building on Mayo Clinic's more than 100 years of experience in applying scientific and engineering principles to health care delivery, the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery is transforming the way that patients everywhere receive and experience health care.

Mayo Clinic seeks to provide the best possible care for its patients every day. Part of the organization's ability to meet that goal stems from the research it conducts — in close alignment with the medical practice — to address the unmet needs of patients.

The center is highly focused on the science of care delivery, not simply on anecdotal evidence. Using innovative pilot projects, novel methodologies and patient-centered approaches, and robust data mining and management technology, the center seeks to discover new ways to improve health and the way people experience health care.

Combining data analysis, health care engineering principles and advanced simulations, center researchers rigorously test theories, models and methods to determine if these innovations can improve patient care, outcomes and cost. Their goal is to translate discoveries into evidence-based, actionable treatments, processes and procedures.

Finally, as new knowledge is generated and potential improvements are identified, the Mayo Clinic Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery works with health care providers to apply this new knowledge in the practice to improve care for Mayo patients and patients everywhere.

Mayo's unique depth and breadth of resources and history

The Mayo Clinic Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery is particularly unique in its ability to draw on a breadth and depth of resources and expertise across Mayo Clinic to translate ideas and findings into real-world applications.

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

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.

Dr. Henry S. Plummer, one of Mayo's first doctors, 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.

Within the center, every project is inspired by real-world challenges experienced by patients at Mayo Clinic and elsewhere. The foundation of the center's work is an unwavering commitment to creating a high-quality, affordable, seamless patient experience.