Mayo scheduling model successful in Minnesota, will be implemented in Phoenix

(ABC 6 News) – A scheduling model currently being used at Mayo Clinic campuses in Minnesota has shown to be successful and now will be implemented at a Phoenix cancer center.

Researchers at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center have developed, tested and implemented new system that schedules outpatient chemotherapy appointments throughout the day, thus preventing crowded outpatient infusion facilities in the middle of the day.

"Most people are not aware of the near-universal phenomenon at infusion centers across the country, where the bulk of chemotherapy infusions happen between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily," says Alan Bryce, M.D. Dr. Bryce is an oncologist at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Phoenix, which is one of the sites across Mayo Clinic Cancer Center that tested the scheduling system.

"We have implemented this system at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, and it was the first time I have ever seen a project successfully show exactly what the model predicted could be done," says Robert McWilliams, M.D., an oncologist at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. "This is a true example of a win both for patients and the people who care for them."

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