Bernard J. Tyson
Bernard J. Tyson is the chairman and CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., and Hospitals – known as Kaiser Permanente –one of America’s leading integrated health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. With annual operating revenue of nearly $61 billion, Kaiser Permanente serves more than 10.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia.
Tyson assumed the role of chairman in January 2014 and has served as CEO since July 1, 2013. His career at Kaiser Permanente has spanned more than 30 years, and he has successfully managed all major aspects of the organization, serving in roles from hospital administrator to division president to president and chief operating officer of the Oakland, California-based health care organization.
Tyson believes Kaiser Permanente’s demonstrated ability to deliver high-quality and affordable health care through this combination of prevention, innovation, and integration can serve as the model for health care in America. In fact, the strength of Kaiser Permanente’s approach is evident today in the continued increase in partnerships between health plans, hospitals and medical practices across the health care industry, based on the Kaiser Permanente model.
As chairman and CEO, Tyson is dedicated to leading Kaiser Permanente and the health care industry to deliver greater affordability for members, consumers, employers and government agencies. He is actively addressing the rising cost of drugs and is a strong advocate for the elimination of health care disparities by promoting the use of aggregated data from members’ electronic health records to determine the most effective treatments for optimal clinical outcomes.
As one of America’s leading health care providers and nonprofit health plans, Kaiser Permanente is shaping the future of health care. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente’s mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of its members and the communities its serve.
Under Tyson’s leadership, Kaiser Permanente is delivering on its “Thrive” promise through an industry-leading 21st century approach to health care and health care coverage that is helping members achieve their aspirations of total health. Kaiser Permanente’s 180,000 employees and 18,000 physicians consistently deliver some of the best clinical outcomes in the nation, while the organization also is recognized as a leader in prevention, patient safety, quality and affordability. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to kp.org/share.
America’s legacy has been built on our ability to shape the future, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) expertise is critical to our ability to compete in an increasingly global economy. The World Economic Forum ranked the United States 44th in the quality of mathematics and science education, 29th in quality of primary education, and 3rd in overall global competitiveness in 2015. Global leaders must determine the education, skills, and areas of expertise needed for the next decade of business success and beyond, and it’s clear the students of today – and business leaders of the future – will need an increased focus on STEM to keep U.S. in the running. With the strength of STEM education in emerging countries, we need American students to be competitive so America will remain a guiding force in innovation and new technology.
Success in the future will require the ability to harness the data amassed through technology and interpret its significance to shaping and improving America and the world. STEM expertise will be invaluable in determining areas of focus based on the aggregated data and its meaning.
Some of the hallmarks of STEM education include not only a focus on specific skills acquisition, but on innovative approaches to problem solving, often in collaborative settings. In business, as much as we’d like to think there are clear right and wrong answers to challenges, there often is not. But there usually is a best answer based on a shared understanding of the issues, conditions and what the organization can accomplish together.
To support and advance STEM education, corporate leaders should be working inside and outside their organizations to foster the right conditions for innovative problem solving, discussion and debate. In doing so, we are creating not just the best conditions for STEM education to flourish in the workplace, but in the home, where children can also experience the beauty and the freedom of exploring their ideas and inspirations, applying their minds to their generation’s opportunities and challenges.
Today, care is no longer offered only in a hospital or medical office setting. Instead, we are seeing a growing need for STEM experts to bring 21st century thinking and tools to deliver care anywhere via video, tablet, and more. As our equipment to deliver health care becomes more technologically driven, we also need a workforce that is educated and trained for the future of health care. While the human-to-human touch will always be at the heart of care delivery, technology is enabling high-quality care that is data-driven, replicable and outcomes focused.
Future breakthroughs in the fields of health care research and genetic engineering will address some of the biggest challenges of today’s critical and chronic conditions, including what I hope will be the elimination of health care disparities. Advances in applied health care sciences will help millions manage their chronic conditions with minimal disruption to their lives through new wearable technologies and telemedicine.
The good news is more opportunities for minorities and women will be apparent in the coming decade as the high tech industry recruits a more diverse workforce to better reflect the needs of a culturally diverse consumer base. No matter your race or gender, you need to be at your best every day. Enjoy what you do; seek out mentors who can help you achieve your goals; and thoughtfully and strategically build your personal brand – You, Inc. Today, more than ever before, your social brand is foundational to your overall personal brand. The world is technologically driven, so the next generation of leaders must be both tech savvy, and participate in the conversations that are happening real time in social media.
As CEO of a $61 billion organization, my role is to set the course of the entire organization – its leaders, physicians and employees – on the course for the future. As an organization, we are looking ahead to what health care “could” be in 2025, and are creating cross-organizational and cross-generational synergy around identifying both opportunities and barriers so we can map to what are the most realistic and feasible developments for workforce training, technology development, digital health, and more. My role is chief futurist, creating an organization that is nimble so we can adjust to today’s demands while meeting the competitive marketplace of the future.