According to an AT&T Foundation press release, the foundation “committed to corporate giving” decided to donate a total of around $1 million to the Mayo Clinic.
The money will go to support the Mayo Clinic and their advancements of technology in the medical field. The branch of the Mayo Clinic known as the Mayo Clinic Life Sciences System (MCLSS) will use the money expand on its goals.
MCLSS is considered the leading program in individualized technology. MCLSS, partnered with IBM, uses personal genetic information, history, and more to discover more about health problems and issues. They use all the information gathered to find solutions and develop references to help people with similar genetic profiles and medical backgrounds. All patients do give consent to have their medical information collected.
In fact, the Mayo Clinic is the first organization to receive a this kind of donation from the AT&T Foundation in 2007, but more organizations will surely receive donations from the foundation.
Glenn Forbes, M.D. and CEO of Mayo Clinic Rochester said of the donation, “We have made a strong commitment to develop this infrastructure and apply it for the benefit of our patients, and we are honored to have AT&T’s support for this initiative…with these funds we can leverage our ongoing research and expand our current efforts to provide personalized medicine in the near future.”
Franklyn Prendergast, M.D. Ph.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine said, “Many clinical decisions today are based on diagnosis alone and then adjusted by trial and error. In the world of individualized medicine, diagnostics will no longer adhere to a one-size-fits-all approach. For physicians at Mayo Clinic, delivering the best care to their patients is their No. 1 priority, and personalized medicine will be a key development to help deliver on that promise.”
The AT&T Foundation decided to give Mayo Clinic the large donation because they fully support the telemedicine and telehealth research. Both Mayo Clinic and the AT&T Foundation agree that the money will go to helping all different types of people in any community.
Wauneta Browne, regional vice president of AT&T Legislative and Regulatory Affairs said, “AT&T is pleased to support Mayo Clinic in its efforts to provide personalized medicine to its patients…we look forward to seeing both the benefits that this initiative will provide to Mayo’s patients and the technological benefits that it will bring to the medical community.”
Ever since 1996, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have given and donated more than $439 million to non-profit organizations and foundations all over the United States. Just last year in 2006, AT&T Foundation was named among the most generous corporate foundations by Forbes magazine. The AT&T Foundation was also among the five largest corporate foundations in the United States.