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Diverse Communities a Focus During Mayoral Forum at USF

Bernard Tyson

Bernard J. Tyson, CEO of Kaiser Permanente, was the keynote speaker at the Mayoral Stakeholder Forum: Diversity, Innovation, and Jobs of the Future at USF on March 7.

Electronic medical records are transforming health care for patients, particularly those from diverse communities, Bernard J. Tyson, Kaiser Permanente CEO told an audience of about 200 at a mayoral forum on diversity, innovation, and jobs at USF on March 7.

Diversity, Innovation, and Jobs

The Mayoral Community Stakeholder Forum: Diversity, Innovation, and Jobs of the Future was the first in a series of symposiums created by Mayor Ed Lee’s office to highlight the challenges facing San Francisco. The forums will be held throughout the city before the end of the year. Lee, who attended a portion of the symposium, was unable to speak because he was ill. 

“Now that we have all 9.5 million (Kaiser patients) on electronic medical records, I know exactly how we’re doing with the care, for example, of the African American population,” said Tyson, who was the forum’s keynote speaker.

Revealing health disparities

Over time, Tyson expects the data will reveal the details of health care disparities among Kaiser patients by gender, race, socioeconomic background, and more. It will also help the health care giant understand why disparities exist and learn how to close them, he said.

Using electronic medical records, Kaiser wants to shift the American health care paradigm from a “fix me” system to a preventative care approach. To achieve the goal, Kaiser is working with companies like FitBit and Jawbone to develop wearable technology and home diagnostic equipment that monitors peoples’ vital signs and reports back to them with a snapshot “dashboard,” Tyson said.

San Francisco leaders

The half-day symposium also featured a panel discussion with leaders in health care, venture capital, technology, and manufacturing, along with afternoon breakout sessions on workforce trends, inspiring a new generation of diverse leaders, and opportunities for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

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