In September 2010, the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation hosted "Transform 2010 — Thinking Differently about Health Care," its third collaborative symposium aimed at changing the way health care is experienced and delivered by patients across the world.
The Center for Innovation offers a unique space within Mayo Clinic for nurturing new ideas and enabling them to grow, mature and evolve until they are ready for patients.
The Transform2011 symposium is scheduled for September 11-13, 2011 in Rochester, Minn. The theme this year is Designing Solutions. Inspiring health. Approximately 1,000 attendees from around the world are expected to attend, with thousands more engaging online.
"For Mayo Clinic to remain relevant and a leader in this environment, we cannot simply fine-tune current methods of health care delivery. It will require transformational innovation in virtually everything we do," says Nicholas LaRusso, M.D., medical director, Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation.
The 2010 event focused on design and innovations in health care delivery. Participants included leaders in health care, information technology, Web 2.0, public policy, and design, as well as entrepreneurs across fields that touch health care. Attendees from inside and outside the health care industry connected during built-in collaboration time.
Putting emerging ideas into practice, like expanding the use of social media, the symposium simultaneously delivered selected presentations in the 3-D virtual world of Second Life, where Mayo has a presence. The public was also invited to follow symposium-related news and innovation on the Center for Innovation blog or via Twitter.
The next Transform symposium is scheduled for September 11-13, 2011 in Rochester, Minn. Approximately 1,000 attendees from around the world are expected to attend, with thousands more engaging online.