Stephen Klasko M.D. | President of Thomas Jefferson University and CEO, Jefferson Health

Stephen Klasko M.D.

President of Thomas Jefferson University and CEO, Jefferson Health

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Stephen Klasko M.D.
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Bless This Messby Stephen Klasko M.D.

Bless This Mess

by Stephen Klasko M.D.
UnHealthcareby Stephen Klasko M.D.


by Stephen Klasko M.D.
Feelin' Alright: How the Message in the Music Can Make Healthcare Healthierby Stephen Klasko M.D.

Feelin' Alright: How the Message in the Music Can Make Healthcare Healthier

by Stephen Klasko M.D.

Feelin' Alright leverages the emotional power of song lyrics to inspire healthcare executives to envision and build a more accessible, high-quality, and equitable healthcare system. Using music as a metaphor, author Stephen Klasko encourages readers to examine what is problematic in the existing healthcare model and to take tangible steps toward a more consumer-centered healthcare experience.
Dr. Klasko shares his experiences as a physician, a health system CEO, a university president, and dean, and now bridging the gap between academic health systems and digital health innovators and entrepreneurs.
Each chapter features his multifaceted perspective and is anchored with a song that reflects the chapter' s central themes. Topics explored include:

  • Why consumers are starting to rebel against traditional healthcare
  • How technology can be used to transform healthcare through consumer empowerment
  • How medical education must evolve to prepare physicians for paradigm shifts
  • What radical changes are needed to decrease health inequity

Infused with the passion inherent in music, Feelin' Alright will motivate healthcare executives to take the lead in building a better healthcare system.

Stephen Klasko M.D.
Featured Keynote Programs

We CAN Fix Healthcare - The Future is NOW

Dr. Stephen K. Klasko proposes an extraordinary, even science fiction, event where a no-blaming conversation leads to an optimistic new future. Democrats and Republicans find they can collaborate on Dr. Klasko’s 12 disruptive transformations. Built on a variety of interviews from every part of the system, looking at service, education, economics, and the sociology of healthcare, Dr. Klasko argues that if we stop blaming each other, trends we now see as disruptive will actually lead to solutions. With an entertaining blend of humor, wit, and practical assessments about the current state of healthcare, Dr. Klasko shows where healthcare is heading in the future.

Putting Patients First

An obstetrician who also has an MBA from Wharton, Stephen Klasko has no trouble thinking about healthcare through a business lens. “With AI on the horizon, training humans to be better robots doesn’t make sense,” says Stephen Klasko, CEO of Philadelphia’s Jefferson Health. “The doctor of the future needs to be self-aware and empathetic.” By merging Thomas Jefferson University, a med school plus health and nursing colleges with design-focused Philadelphia University, Klasko has created the first medical school in the U.S. to offer a design certificate within its MD program. This now encourages future doctors to discover novel methods for putting patients first. Klasko has become one of the most innovative people in healthcare, developing new initiatives such as “hotspotting,” where med students are paired with patients who tend to overuse the ER, coaching them on self-care skills. The program has helped reduce unnecessary ER visits by 60%. “Virtual rounds” allow families to sit in, via videoconferencing software, when the doctor visits a recovering patient. Eighty percent of Jefferson’s doctors are trained in the network’s telehealth platform that offers 24/7 patient assistance.

Pandemic of 2030
From Covid to Consumerism

Dr. Stephen Klasko tells a “history of the future” as governments in 2030 face a new pandemic. The talk will discuss how the pandemic of 2020 made clear the need for transformation in American health care delivery, including the fight to end health disparities, the growth of consumerism, and the shift from sick care to health assurance.

5 Lessons We Must Take from the Coronavirus Crisis

Health systems have accelerated their digital health, telehealth and virtual care capabilities in the past 30 days forcing them to disrupt themselves. Care delivery will never be the same again. Dr. Klasko shares five key insights about the future of healthcare delivery after the pandemic.

Stephen Klasko M.D.
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