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2016-423 – Antimicrobial therapy can be a complex field, in which suboptimal regimens can result in ineffective treatment or development of microbial resistance. Proper antimicrobial stewardship involves not only tracking patients throughout treatment, but also documentation of treatment outcomes for future reference. This stewardship process is difficult to manage and time-consuming. Mayo Clinic... Read More
2016-389 – The treatment of cancer patients is very complex, with treatment decisions made all the more difficult in patients with multiple comorbidities and compounding drug toxicities. Front-line treatments can be straight forward, but disease relapses often require input and expertise from multidisciplinary teams. These teams utilize their collective experience in disease treatment and patient... Read More
2016-451 – No standard tools are currently available to measure a patient’s progress in regards to their care plan or discharge goals. Determination of patient status is dependent upon delving into multiple medical documents, a process that is cumbersome and costly. Mayo Clinic investigators have developed the Electronic Case Management Tool to simplify the ascertainment of patient status and provide... Read More
2016-216 – Rounding is an essential part of the hospital experience, but it can be difficult for patients and families to process information in real time, even when a provider organizes takes care to explain medical information in plain language. This is all the more challenging when a patient (and their family) speaks a non-native language. Mayo Clinic investigators have developed a structured format... Read More
2016-040 – The “Clinical Registry and Machine Assisted Human Abstraction” is designed to collect and manage aggregated patient information for use in practice management and research. Clinical registries have shown to demonstrate tremendous value, however, the creation and management of registries is expensive and time consuming. This technology provides a standard means to quickly establish a... Read More
2015-159 – The Anesthesia Auditing Program Software provides quality improvement for anesthesia medication administration. The program audits all anesthesia medication transactions across a number of databases. The program has demonstrated significant improvements in patient safety, financial charge capture, drug diversion prevention, and documentation accuracy. The program has the ability to work or... Read More
2015-124 – Business Enhancement Analytics Tool (BEAT) is a novel, real-time, cloud-based data analytics platform with multiple functionalities and end users. BEAT has solved hundreds of business cases by unlocking and leveraging data. It can be used on its own but also as a complementary solution for other existing business intelligence frameworks. BEAT offers a variety of functionality that on a high... Read More
Enhancing the Accuracy, Efficiency and Retention of Reading by Health Care Providers Using Electronic Medical Record Systems to Improve the Safety, Effectiveness and Value of Health Care Services
2014-031 – This technology applies and integrates significant, computationally intensive reading tools into electronic medical records (EMR) systems to enhance medical reading performance by individuals who, in any other context, would not be aware of or concerned about their reading performance compared to their peers in their working group. The technology includes: 1. A medical language database... Read More
2012-185 – This technology includes a suite of patents which advance text enhancement methods and apparatus for the presentation of text for improved human reading for the electronic medical record (EMR). The method includes extracting text specific attributes from machine readable text and varying the text presentation in accordance with the attributes. Suite of patents include: -US Patent... Read More
2013-280 – Background: Mayo Clinic Supply Chain Management is recognized as one of the top supply chain organizations in the country and was recently designated as the number two supply chain organization by Gartner in the healthcare category. One large driver in this recognition is our ability to link financial, operational, and clinical data systems to provide patient outcome and procedure cost... Read More
2013-273 – Background: Aerobic fitness is one of the best predictors of all-cause mortality but not easily assessed on a large scale accurately. Technology Description: A web based health fitness assessment tool which may be carried out at any location and requires nothing more than a device camera, web portal, a step, and a chair. Using technology based light reflection and color spectrum, heart... Read More
2013-225 – MC Health Connection Patient Decision Support Tool is a software program which can aid patients in important medical decision making. The tool works by organizing medical decision making into decision trees. For each potential limb of decision, the program provides education, risks and benefits and the predicted course of care for each choice. It also delivers, for each choice, an... Read More
Improvements to a Novel System for Assessing and Documenting a Trainees Competence in Endoscopic Procedures
2013-112 – This represents improvements to the Mayo Colonoscopy Skills Assessment Tool (MCSAT). The Original MCSAT is a tool designed to be used for assessing endoscopy skills at the bedside In GI fellows throughout the training process. This improvement streamlines the previous tool to make it shorter but also adds the ability to track polyp detection rates lacking in the previous form.
2013-100 – Background: This invention creates a digital dash board which is integrated into a monitor within any invasive laboratory. The digital dash board displays real-time information on the patient during the procedure. The dash board also can be used to assess the risk of the patient and safety assessment prior to the procedure.
Automating Colonoscopy Follow-up to Facilitate Appropriate Colonoscopy Screening and Survellance Intervals
2013-055 – This is an innovative software application that will process clinical variables pertinent to determining colonoscopy follow up intervals for each patient undergoing colonoscopy. This patient management algorithms improves the ability of health care providers to provide high-quality care for patients and to identify appropriate intervals between and timing for the first colon cancer... Read More
2013-044 – Computer-aided detection of polyps in a colonoscopy video may enhance overall polyp detection. We investigated the feasibility of a boundary classification approach for automatic polyp detection. Given a colonoscopy image, the main idea is to identify the edge pixels that lie on the boundary of polyps. To do so, we first use the Canny edge detector to form a crude set of edge pixels, and... Read More
2012-246 – Mayo has available licensing its patient education materials and videos within the areas of: Allergic Diseases Anesthesiology Cardiac Surgery Cardiovascular Colorectal Surgery Dental Specialties Dermatology Endocrine ENT Gastroenterology General Internal Medicine General Thoracic Surgery Gland General Surgery Hematology Hospital Internal Medicine Infectious Diseases Laboratory Medicine... Read More
2012-136 – A patient’s heart rate, systolic blood pressure, Braden Skin Scale (a nursing assessment), arterial oxygen saturation, and respiratory rate are entered into a simple mathematical equation that calculates the patient’s risk of having cardiac arrest, emergency transfer to the ICU, or Rapid Response Team activation in the next 2-12 hours. The calculation is made every time any one of those... Read More
2012-110 – Currently, cancerous pigmented lesions, i.e. malignant melanoma, are diagnosed based on morphological features such as cell size and the overall architecture of the lesion under a microscope. Risk of metastasis is primarily assessed by the depth of invasion of morphologically atypical cells into the skin (so-called Breslow depth), which can be misleading and often triggers unnecessary... Read More
2012-079 – The Genetics Supply and Inventory Management System is a full laboratory inventory management software solution built in Microsoft Access Database. gSIMS provides automation of most inventory management aspects, including supply receipt, reagent lot tracking, expiration notification, stocking instruments, reagent labeling, inventory reconciliation, reagent quality assessment, and real-time... Read More
2011-154 – The purpose of SAMR is to help clinicians find answers to clinical questions. The medical literature needed to correctly treat a patient grows exponentially. Data shows that both health care institutions and individual physicians are overwhelmed trying to incorporate this new knowledge. SAMR is a tool that could bridge this gap to improve patient care. SAMR uses semantic elements, the meaning... Read More
2011-086 – A data reporting system for competency metrics has been developed that takes trainee endoscopic performance data collected by a validated assessment tool and presents the data in such a manner that allows fellowship directors to identify which trainees have achieved competence and which ones may be in need of remediation and all points between. With this system we have also identified unique... Read More
2011-073 – Technology Description Hospitals and surgery centers face significant cost pressure when it comes to maintaining materials and supplies. With supply costs representing a significant expense in surgical services, close and careful monitoring is needed to reduce costs and improve efficiencies. Developed at Mayo Clinic, the Supply Inventory Management System (SIMS) is a comprehensive program... Read More
2011-059 – This web or CD-ROM based electromyography (EMG) training tool consists of an interactive, case-based program that assists trainees in learning the application of electrodiagnostic studies and interpretation of findings.
2010-318 – An innovative freight management solution has been developed which represents a new business model developed on transparency and risk-sharing within a reseller market. Working with supply partners, key individuals within supply chain management have developed this program which involves practice, process and designs generally not used or common within healthcare. The solution results in... Read More
2010-170 – The Enterprise Data Model is a schematic entity-relationship diagram depicting how data relates to each other within the context of Mayo’s practice, education and research activities. It collectively forms the basis around which all information at Mayo is organized, and from which the system pulls data for purposes of developing the logical and physical representation of data within its... Read More
2010-167 – This invention is a software product (Virtual Audi (gram) that automates the standard audiological report writing process. The application creates a graphic of all audiological tests in the basic comprehensive hearing evaluation and uses a pull down menu interface to create custom, grammatically correct reports. Reports and graphics are formatted for easy import into an electronic medical... Read More
2010-162 – The application works on the iPod Touch and iPhone platform and will improve access to exposure-based therapy for individuals with anxiety disorders. The application can be used independently as a self-help program or in conjunction with a health professional. To Access the App through the iTunes Store, click on the link below. AnxietyCoach App
2010-138 – This invention describes a mathematical method for reliably describing audiometric configuration and classifying the severity of hearing impairment. It has been shown to accurately correlate with the patient self reports of hearing difficulty better than any other classification method currently used in clinical audiology.
2010-137 – This invention describes a novel calculation called the Speech Transmission Index based Social Hearing Index (STI-SHI or social hearing index for short). The social hearing index can be calculated using standard pure tone hearing threshold data and supra-threshold measures of speech intelligibility. The STI-SHI can be useful in refining the legal definition of hearing disability and will also... Read More
2009-234 – High Speed serializer/de-serializer (SerDes) paths are rapidly replacing slower local communication paths in digital systems. Engineers must accurately model the SerDes electrical interconnect paths (channels). An important structure used in many channels is loosely described as a “pin-field”. We have developed software which automatically creates these pin-field models for input into... Read More
2009-196 – Technology Description There is no available test that predicts the onset of preeclampsia, and current diagnostic methodologies of blood pressure and proteinuria measurement need improvement. Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered an epithelial cell type (podocyte) present in the urine of patients with preeclampsia, and these cells are present in the urine of patients several weeks before... Read More
2009-144 – Using audiovisual support we have created educational videos in all facets of General Surgery Education: Knot tying, Syringe, Specimen handling, Operative procedures, reading Chest X-rays/CT Scans/ MRI, etc. Basically we are creating a library of AV clips (30 seconds - 5 minutes) that educate Students/Residents/Fellows/Staff on everything in surgery.
Visual Syntactic Text Formatting to Improve Human Reading in Patient-Data Secure Electronic Health Systems
2009-089 – The invention combines computer-executed syntactic parsing algorithms with spatial layout parameters to reformat electronic text in cascading-phrase patterns that are designed to guide eye-movements, reduce visual regressions, and provide visual cues to sentence structure. Empirical studies, in both laboratory and real-world educational settings, have shown that this parser-generated format... Read More
Mathematical Model of Insulin Secretion in Response to Changing Glucose Concentrations to Allow Creation of an Artificial Pancreas
2008-201 – The relationship between insulin secretion and changes in glucose concentrations is not linear and is affected by parameters such as body weight, rate of change, time of day, concomitant activities such as exercise or eating and insulin sensitivity. This model attempts to relate the relationship of insulin to glucose in terms that would be used to program an insulin pump that could respond to... Read More
2007-091 – Technology Description There is no available test that predicts the onset of preeclampsia, and current diagnostic methodologies of blood pressure and proteinuria measurement need improvement. Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered an epithelial cell type (podocyte) present in the urine of patients with preeclampsia, and these cells are present in the urine of patients several weeks before... Read More
2005-231 – Under the Minnesota Partnership, researchers at the University of Minnesota and at Mayo have developed a database for use in the evaluation of potential prostate cancer biomarkers. Researchers have profiled gene expression of benign and malignant cells that were laser capture microdissected (LCM) from prostate tissues and metastatic adenocarcinomas. In addition, researchers have conducted... Read More
2004-231 – The present invention details a substantial implementation improvement for a broad class of Direct Digital Synthesizers (DDSs). A DDS synthesizes a predetermined waveform via digital (i.e., sampled) methods. Typically, the output waveforms are based on sinusoidal functions. For example, a DDS may generate sine waves of various frequency (under digital control). Chirp waveforms (which are... Read More
2004-194 – Invention represents ARMA model describing dynamic behavior between QT and RR intervals in ECG signal. Model predicts QT behavior from detected RR changes. Parameters of model seem to be identical for healthy subjects in all age groups and for both genders. Model may be applied for better understanding of QT interval regulation physiology and pathophysiology, individual sudden arrhythmic... Read More
2004-056 – This disclosure provides a way to improve the Talairach Labeling scheme that allows labelings to be reported at 0.2 mm resolution - providing 2500% increase over the current standard.
2004-055 – This invention performs a robust, fast and fully automatic parameterization of T2 images into an intensity space that all existing approaches optimized to handle T1 images can benefit from.
2004-027 – To accomplish a given computational task, a number of algorithmic and heuristic approaches can be implemented to act upon the given instance of the input data. Depending upon the intrinsic and extrinsic assumptions made regarding the data, algorithm and the task, the end result from each of these approaches could be different. Currently, there does not exist an automatic fast, robust, precise... Read More
Prior Knowledge-Based Rapid Predicted Preview of Multiple Contrast Magnetic Resonance Images Derived from a Single Time Budgeted Acquisition
2004-023 – This invention presents a method for producing multiple MR images with different contrast from a single image acquisition. (MR T2) The methodology is used to enhance the T2 related contrast in an MRI image acquired at, but no restricted to, just-enough-to-highlight-T2, repetition time so as to produce a computed mosaic of the same image at different repetition (TR) and echo (TE) times. This... Read More
2004-020 – The CCAP program accurately and efficiently counts and analyzes cells in microscope images. A user interactively completes the followings steps: 1) Inhomogeneity correction: A digital filter is applied to correct for uneven illumination. 2) Calibration: A line is placed over an object of known size, usually a ruler, to determine the size of the image pixels. 3) Segmentation: The cells... Read More
1994-101 – Technology Description Hospitals and surgery centers face significant cost pressure when it comes to maintaining materials and supplies. With supply costs representing a significant expense in surgical services, close and careful monitoring is needed to reduce costs and improve efficiencies. Developed at Mayo Clinic, the Supply Inventory Management System (SIMS) is a comprehensive program... Read More