About This Book
In this exciting new book, Dr. Stephen K. Klasko proposes an extraordinary, even science fiction, event where a no-blaming conversation about the healthcare system leads to provocative ideas for disruption that allow even Democrats and Republicans to see that they can collaborate.
Built on 100 interviews from every part of the system, Steve Klasko, Greg Shea, and Michael Hoad find extraordinary solutions from education to insurance to disparities (with a little help from a time-traveling Harry Truman). This book posits that the solution to healthcare in America is collaboration to transform, not tinker.
About the Authors
Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA is the President of Thomas Jefferson University and CEO of Jefferson Health, leading 11 hospitals, 25,000 employees and 10,000 students. He has been dean of two of America’s medical colleges and the chief executive of three academic health systems. At each institution, he has built programs to develop the clinicians of the future, and in building a partnership of Thomas Jefferson University with Philadelphia University, he is building the university of the future. He is married to Colleen Wyse, a Vice President for Visit Philadelphia, and has three children: Lynne, David and Jill.
Gregory P. Shea, PhD is Adjunct Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Senior Fellow at Wharton’s Center for Leadership and Change Management, and Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. He has consulted extensively in industries undergoing massive changes, most recently being healthcare. Dr. Shea graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College and holds an M.Sc. in Management Studies from the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. in Administrative Science from Yale.
Michael Hoad, MA, born in Guyana and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, became a journalist after stints at Yale University, Stanford University and the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. He used those skills to name, rebrand and lead communications for USF Health and eventually became Vice President of the University of South Florida. His passion is family history and generational narrative. He serves as Executive Editor of the journalzine Healthcare Transformation.
Five Star Reviews for We Can Fix Healthcare – The 12 Disruptors That Will Create Transformation
"It has been a while since I felt optimistic after reading a book on our healthcare system, and yet that best describes my sentiment after finishing Stephen Klasko's new book, We Can Fix Healthcare – The 12 Disruptors That Will Create Transformation. The book doesn't shy away from all that is wrong with our healthcare system, but the focus is squarely on what can be right about it. If you want to be knowledgeable about the evolution of our healthcare system, and armed with sensible, apolitical solutions, you have come to the right place. Most importantly, this book has been written for the masses, not just the rarified few in the world of health policy. Klasko and crew are tremendously skilled writers who adeptly use humor and self-deprecation to keep you turning the page -- while also keeping you hopeful for the future."
Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN
"Dr. Stephen Klasko, the brilliant and visionary CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, has written an extremely important and insightful book about how the combination of consumerism and technology can truly transform healthcare from a seemingly hopeless liability of ever rising expenses and shortages into a dynamic industry with more and better care at a lower cost. A mighty wave of breathtaking innovations and breakthroughs awaits us in medicines, medical devices and delivery systems. Klasko and Shea show how all of these dazzling possibilities can become realities...and soon!"
Chairman and Editor in Chief
"Radical change in business takes a special kind of leadership, and healthcare is no exception. Steve Klasko is such a leader, and his book insightfully explores the transformative process that will finally allow healthcare to join the consumer revolution."
Former CEO of General Electric and Bestselling Author
"Cloud, mobility, and big data shifted market power from entrenched incumbent organizations to customers-in-control. Healthcare had missed this message. Dr. Stephen Klasko is a visionary and a courageous healthcare disruptor. As the leader of one of the nation's most forward-thinking medical institutions, he explains in a clear and easy to read prose exactly what must be done to transform our outdated healthcare system. Where the politicians and lobbyists failed, the innovators now need to take the lead."
Former Apple CEO