Stephen Klasko: “Health Hack Defines What’s Different About Jefferson”

  • Stephen Klasko with CubeSmart Health Hack winners 2015

Stephen Klasko: “Health Hack Defines What’s Different About Jefferson”

“The health hack defines what’s different about Jefferson,” said Stephen Klasko, Jefferson’s president and CEO, who’s partnered with the city’s leading health insurance organization Independence Blue Cross for the event.

“The difference with us is we’re a 194-year-old institution that’s trying to act like an adolescent,” Klasko told Philadelphia magazine. “Our mission is to reimagine healthcare education and discovery to create value. So everything we look at, we start to reimagine,” said Klasko.

Teams will have to get creative. On the patient engagement track, attendees will be tasked with developing solutions to involve patients in the design of treatments, devices and services. “It’s not a secret that the human experience in the health system is not awesome,” said Klasko. So the hack wants teams to develop pathways for positive care experiences.

To Klasko, it’s refreshing to know that Jefferson isn’t just partnering with Independence on some boring insurance product.

“We’re trying to become a cluster of innovation in a chain reaction. To have a chain reaction you have to have a lot of things happening at once,” Klasko said. “I think that’s what’s beginning to happen. The hackathon is a part of that chain reaction.”

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Article originally posted on November 4, 2016 by Fabiola Cineas