George Halvorson, CEO, Kaiser Permanente
When George became the first non-physician head of Kaiser Permanente, few suspected that the organization could transform itself in the way it has. KP has become a leading example of a heath system using their revolutionary patient electronic health record. Kaiser’s also become a model for health reform and the ACO, a leader in improving health services research and translating that to improved outcomes, and a multibillion dollar contributor to community health programs. Much of this is described in George’s books Health Care Will Not Reform Itself and forthcoming Health Care Should Not Bankrupt America. Here George to tells us what we can expect from Kaiser in a world in which its rivals are catching up. This is a keynote speech opening the panel “Employers, Payers and the Great Health 2.0 Awakening”at the 2011 Health 2.0 conference in San Francisco.
Employers and insurers have been the sleeping giants of health care. But now they are increasingly active in guiding people they cover in wellness programs and in collaborating on the infrastructure for new delivery models. How are they using Health 2.0 as part of their awakening? This panel was part of the 2011 Health 2.0 conference in San Francisco.