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Men’s Health Month is celebrated each June. In honor of it, the Kaiser Permanente Care Stories Blog is highlighting stories from some of their members. Stories include men who benefited from preventive screenings as well as those who made positive behavior changes to improve their weight through a healthier lifestyle.
This video highlights the story of Ray Territ. A a life-threatening aortic aneurysm was discovered during a preventive ultrasound screening Ray underwent.
For more, visit the Care Stories Blog and check out the other stories featured this month.
Forum Brings Together Leaders to Discuss Keys to Behavior Change, Building Healthier Habits to Address Obesity
As we discuss often on this blog, the obesity epidemic in the United States is a rapidly growing public health concern. Earlier this month, Kaiser Permanente presented the Forum for Healthy Behavior Change in Washington, D.C., along with the American Heart Association and the National Business Group on Health, to address this pressing issue. The forum brought together 200 health care leaders, policy makers, community leaders and other experts, who discussed how to effectively support healthy lifestyle changes, such as healthier eating and increased physical activity, in both clinical and community settings.
The video below highlights some additional topics and discussions from the forum, including how to use “baby steps” in ultimately creating successful behavior change.
TEDMED’s Jay Walker and Kaiser Permanente’s Philip Fasano Talk Imagination and the Future of Health Care
In March of this year, TEDMED’s Jay Walker and Kaiser Permanente Executive Vice President and CIO Philip Fasano had a conversation about imagining tomorrow’s health and medicine at Walker’s Library of Human Imagination. Recently, the tables were turned, and in a first for the Center for Total Health Blog, Fasano conducted his own Q&A with Walker – about his library’s collection, his role in TEDMED, and what he thinks about when he contemplates the future of health care.
Watch a video of Walker’s conversation with Fasano below, and read on for Fasano’s follow-up Q&A with Walker.
Your Library of Human Imagination is impressive. For people unfamiliar with the library, can you briefly describe what it is? Where did the idea come from and how did you bring that vision to life?
The Library is a 3,600 sq. ft. wing of my home containing about 30,000 books as well as maps, charts, artworks and a wide variety of historical objects. Everything in the Library was selected or created to illustrate something about human imagination…from a Gutenberg Bible page to one of the original 1957 Russian Sputnik satellites (a backup that was never launched). The room combines traditional architecture with high-tech art, sound and lighting, plus unusual design features such as floating platforms and an invisible glass bridge. The whole look and feel was inspired by the paradoxical spaces of M.C. Escher.
What prompted you to get started collecting?
About 15% of the human population has the collecting gene. I’m one of them. After I’d been collecting for several years, I asked myself, what is the common theme that runs through all these incredibly diverse items? I realized that every book or object appealed to me because it was an example of imagination at work. So about 12 years ago when we built our new house, I made sure to include this Library as a showcase to promote understanding of human imagination and, hopefully, inspire a sense of wonder and curiosity.
Also, my wife said I had to keep all my stuff in one room.
If you had to distill your library down to one or two items, what would they be and why would you select them?
Tough assignment! One thing I usually show visitors is the Harmonia Macrocosmica by Cellarius. This 1660 atlas included the first published heliocentric depiction of the solar system – a map that divides the Age of Faith from the Age of Reason. So it’s a dividing line between two highly imaginative ways of looking at the universe.
For people in the health field, I like to show the “flayed angel,” published in Paris by the anatomist and artist Gautier in 1745. This painting is considered by many to be the Mona Lisa of anatomical artwork. It’s a three-foot-high, color portrait of a nude, seated woman, viewed from the back with her face turned in three-quarter profile. Her back is slit open up the spine, and her skin and muscles are peeled aside on both left and right to reveal the ribs beneath. It sounds grotesque but it was created for educational purposes and the image is actually quite beautiful.
What motivated you to become the curator of TedMed?
I have been an enthusiastic member of the TED community, the “ideas worth spreading” conference, for 25 years and have served on TED’s brain trust for many years as well. When I was invited to speak at TEDMED in 2010, I fell in love with it and so did my partners. We believed TEDMED could become a great vehicle for progress in health and medicine, a place where people make the unexpected connections that lead to new thinking and unusual collaborations. We also saw TEDMED as a safe meeting place to have the kind of multi-disciplinary dialog around wellness that everyone says we need, but which just isn’t happening anywhere else. So we got involved and, together with the growing TEDMED community, are doing our best to support all of that.
What prompted your interest in health care?
I have always been passionately interested in the sciences, including medical science, even though I am not an MD or a PhD. I see health care as an important facet of the much larger field of health and medicine generally. It’s the one subject that directly impacts all of us. It’s also the place where so much of today’s intellectual excitement of discovery and invention is happening.
Where are you making investments that are technology and health care related today?
TEDMED itself represents a major investment and we’re investing in more ways to serve our community, with support from generous sponsors and partners. For example, this year TEDMEDLive expanded the simulcast of our Washington, DC conference stage program to 50,000 people in 87 countries and the U.S. We’re also investing significant time and resources in several concepts and ventures that we believe will leverage technology to serve public health in innovative ways. But it’s a bit premature to go into detail at this point.
When you think about the future of health care, what comes to your mind?
I think about the fact that the consumer is just arriving at the party in a serious way for the first time and that, no matter what health professionals or policymakers expect or want, in a free market and in a democratic society the consumer is going to drive the direction of health and medicine.
I think about the fact that new technology and wearable biosensors are going to connect all of us to the network. When the day comes that every organ has its own IP address and is providing real time feedback to our doctors 24/7, our behavior will change and how we interact with the health care system, our environment, our food, our employer and our health insurance will change. Radically.
I think about the fact that there are unlimited opportunities for business acumen and imagination to be applied to create products, services and businesses that not only make healthy revenues, but that also make America healthier in the process. And, I believe business has a social obligation to make this happen. Prevention, for example, should be a trillion-dollar industry in this country. And someday it will be, hopefully sooner rather than later.
So there is a revolution coming in health and in health care, a very positive and constructive revolution; and for all the change we’ve seen in the past decade, this is only the beginning. Hang on because it’s going to be an incredible rocket ride.
You can see a virtual tour of the Walker Library of Human Imagination here.
Recently, Benjamin K. Chu, MD, MPH, MACP, group president for Kaiser Permanente Southern California and Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, spoke at his investiture as chair of the American Hospital Association. The AHA represents America’s hospitals and health systems, and Dr. Chu is leading the organization at a key time for the health sector.
Dr. Chu was kind enough to talk with us about his new role with the AHA, what the organization is focusing on with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and the changing nature of patient-centered care and the patient/health care team dynamic.
Congratulations on your chairmanship with the AHA. What will this new role within the organization mean for you?
The American Hospital Association represents about 5,000 hospitals across the country, and it’s governed by a 27-member board. One of the important tasks is advocacy — largely on the federal level – both in congress and among the federal agencies that have bearing on health policy.
But I think much more important from Kaiser Permanente’s point of view is that the American Hospital Association has been moving toward shaping care transformation across the country. For about the last half-dozen years, the AHA has focused on an effort called, “Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence,” which tries to bring together different ideas on quality improvement and innovation and then leverage that learning across the industry.
Last year, I was involved in the committee on research reports that focused on patient and family engagement. I was happy to be part of this effort, because one of the most important pieces of Kaiser Permanente’s Total Health agenda is much more than taking care of people during their episodes of illness; it’s trying to put into place all of the environmental changes and influences that could help people make healthier choices in their lives.
You are taking the reins at a key time in the history of health care with the implementation of the ACA. What do you anticipate the organization will focus on under your leadership? Read the rest of this entry
Last weekend, Cooking for Solutions—an annual event celebrating food, cooking and sustainability—was held at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, Calif. Two Kaiser Permanente physicians participated in the event to highlight the links between a hands-on approach to food and better health.
Preston Maring, MD, associate physician-in-chief at Kaiser Permanente Oakland (Calif.) Medical Center, showed children how easy it is to get cooking. Kids got first-hand experience making simple and tasty snacks, including salsa and guacamole, using fresh and local ingredients. Dr. Maring, the founder of Kaiser Permanente’s first farmers market, has a passion for engaging children in the kitchen and opening their eyes to how delicious fruits and vegetables can be.
Keith Fabisiak, MD, assistant chief of pediatrics at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara (Calif.) Medical Center, taught kids and their families about square-foot gardening, a technique that allows people to grow fresh produce in small spaces. Dr. Fabisiak, a certified instructor of square-foot gardening, believes that children are more likely to eat vegetables when they grow their own. Square-foot gardening also makes for a great outdoor activity with the family.
You can read more about the event here.
During the month of May, Kaiser Permanente’s Care Stories Blog is focusing on women’s health. One anecdote highlighted comes from their San Diego region and tells the story of Wende King — a KP member who discovered, when 23 weeks pregnant with twins, that complications required her immediate hospitalization and stay until her babies’ birth. In this video, King shares what she went through at the time, as well as the important role of coordination in the care of her premature infants.
The blog includes other inspiring stories of women’s health and care. You can read and watch more here.
Hospitals use a lot of energy. This is in large part because they use intensive, sophisticated systems for operations, heating and cooling – 24 hours a day. So what is the health care sector doing to address climate change? The CTH blog spoke with Eric Lerner, climate director for the non-profit Health Care Without Harm, at last month’s CleanMed conference in Boston. Lerner stressed that climate change is becoming an increasingly important topic at the annual conference. And despite the magnitude of the problem, he expressed hope that the sector is making important strides to curb energy use and reduce its overall carbon footprint.
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