PHILADELPHIA — To kick off the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Annual Meeting, keynote speaker Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, addressed what he said was not taught in nursing or medical school and why it matters amid the current health care revolution.
Klasko noted that his concerns for health care, which have not changed in 40 years, include rising costs and making health care a right and not a privilege. In addition, most physicians (70%) who have been practicing for 3 years or less feel they did not learn what they need most in practice, he said. This is not just a doctor issue; nurses and nurse practitioners are well behind other specialties, he added.
The transformational change in advancing health care is incorporating diversity and learning empathy in the field, he said.
“We are moving from a business-to-business model to a business-to-consumer model. It is a fundamental revolution to health care,” he said.
Health care providers must also embrace telehealth as the way of the future: “It is not just a gimmick, it is not science fiction,” Klasko said, noting that JeffConnect, a service that allows patients to connect with their doctors via webcam, has made more than 25,000 telehealth videos.
In his concluding statement, Klasko stated, “I want to leave you with a couple things. We need to learn from our mistakes, work with folks outside of health care, remember why we went into medical or nursing school and, most importantly, we have to start the revolution now.” – by Alaina Tedesco
Klasko SK. Keynote: What we forgot to teach in nursing and medical school ... and why it matters! Presented at: American Association of Nurse Practitioners; June 20-25, 2017; Philadelphia.
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