As President and CEO of Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health since 2013, he has led one of the nation’s fastest growing academic health institutions based on his vision of re-imagining health care and higher education.
Under his leadership, Jefferson Health expanded from three hospitals to 14. His 2017 merger of Thomas Jefferson University with Philadelphia University created a pre-eminent professional university that includes fashion, design, architecture and health.
In 2020, he was named the first Distinguished Fellow of the World Economic Forum, and will co-chair the WEF Board of Stewards for The Future of the Digital Economy and New Value Creation.
In 2020, he has published two books: Un-Healthcare: From Sick Care to Health Assurance, with Hemant Taneja. And Patient No Longer: Why Healthcare Must Deliver the Care Experience that Consumers Want and Expect. His best-selling 2018 book is titled, Bless This Mess: A Picture Story of Healthcare in America.
President Klasko has served as dean of two medical colleges, and leader of three academic health enterprises before becoming President and CEO at Jefferson. For three years he has been listed among the Top 100 most influential people by Modern Healthcare - in 2018 he tied for #2.
His work on healthcare in a digital economy includes his 2009 colloboration with Apple Inc on digital media in healthcare, the 2012 building of one of the nation's largest medical simulation centers (CAMLS), and the development at Jefferson of his vision of "healthcare with no address." He is working with several digital health companies on the vision of "health assurance," using new technology to keep people well, instead of waiting to provide sick care.
- 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.
- Population Health, AI and Transforming Care Delivery - Moving From Philosophy to Practice
Join us for this exciting closing session and feel optimistic about health care once again! One of the most influential health care leaders of today will provide a sneak peek into an optimistic future in health and long term care . Dr. Klasko will suggest sensible and apolitical solutions for reshaping the industry and share practical tips on how we can partner with our patients (and yes maybe even robots) to transform acute and long term care.
- The Future of Hospitals
The costs of poor health could reach 15% of GDP in advanced economies by mid-century. How can providers be more effective at addressing the social determinants of health before more patients arrive at the hospital door?
- Is There an Avatar in the House? Changing the DNA of Health Care in the Age of AI
One of the most influential health care leaders of today will help synthesize what we’ve learned and provide his vision of the future. Dr. Klasko will suggest sensible and apolitical solutions for reshaping the industry and share practical tips on how we can all be part of this transformational journey.
- 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.
-CEO, Associated Medical Services
“As the opening speaker for our annual conference, Dr. Stephen Klasko needed to set the bar high for our three-day event—and he did not disappoint. His use of humor and pop culture references had the audience completely engaged, and his clear message and thoughtful presentation provided valuable insight for the attendees to bring back to their companies. Dr. Klasko was everything you want in a Keynote speaker and more. Simply put, he was exceptional.”
-Director of Operations, Texas Association of Health Plans
“Dear Dr. Klasko, I want to thank you for serving as the keynote speaker for our Texas Covered Conference + Expo last week. Your presentation on the future of health care was entertaining (I always appreciate a Star Wars reference) and informative, and it really set high expectations for the entire event. We could not have asked for a better speaker. Thank you so much for coming and being exceptional.”
-CEO, TX Association of Health Plans