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Why patients must understand their own health needs

Dr. John Noseworthy, the president and the CEO of the Mayo Clinic, joins the Morning Joe panel to talk about the fragmentation of health care and how technology can help fix it.

Mayo Clinic president on how to improve health care

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By LaToya Bowlah

Dr. John Noseworthy, president and CEO of the Mayo Clinic, joined Morning Joe on Tuesday to discuss his anticipated speech on improving health care before the National Press Club.

“How do we make our health care system more efficient? How do we use technology to drive down costs?” Joe Scarborough asked.

“Health care is fragmented, the quality is uneven around the country, and it’s unaffordable,” Noseworthy responded.

The Wall Street Journal recently published a state-by-state report on health care costs, and found that in 2009, spending averaged $6,815 per person. And a  study conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service estimated health care spending rose by 3.9% in 2011.

The Mayo Clinic is trying to improve healthcare by having all doctors work together, said Noseworthy. The Clinic is tracking outcomes over the next 20 years and sharing data on patients and the projected costs of care in order to clarify what practices and approaches work best.

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Mayo Clinic president on how to improve health care

Updated