Our Point of View
December 5, 2008
Podcast Previews CEO George Halvorson's Opening Keynote at World Healthcare Innovation & Technology Congress
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals Chairman and CEO, George Halvorson, recorded a podcast in advance of his opening keynote address Dec. 8 at the fourth annual World Healthcare Innovation & Technology Congress in Washington, D.C.
Halvorson recorded the podcast with Lola Butcher, contributing editor for the World Congress. Halvorson's podcast previews some of the topics he will outline in his opening keynote address, titled "Changing the Shape of Healthcare: Groundbreaking Innovations and Their Impact on Healthcare Delivery."
Among the topics he discussed was chronic care and the role innovation should play in it. "What we need to recognize is that chronic care needs to be a team sport. Patients are not going to get best care until chronic care becomes a team sport," Halvorson said in the podcast. "So relative to innovation, what we need to put in place devices, mechanisms, financial incentives, and financial penalties that create team behavior by the caregivers."
Listen to Halvorson's podcast through this World Congress Web site .
Also appearing from Kaiser Permanente at the WHIT Congress is Kate Christensen, MD, medical director for kaiserpermanente.org. She will appear on a "reactor panel" to a keynote address from Peter Neupert, corporate vice president for the Health Solutions Group at Microsoft.
For more, view the World Healthcare Innovation & Technology Congress's Web site.