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Podcast: Health care’s evolution and path forward


Richard S. Isaacs, MD, on how the pandemic changed medicine and what the future holds


The COVID-19 pandemic has driven innovation in health care while shedding light on many pressing issues in medicine. The lessons learned during this time can help shape patient care for years to come.

In a special edition of the Permanente Medicine Podcast, host Chris Grant talks with Permanente physician leader Richard S. Isaacs, MD, FACS, for Modern Healthcare’s Virtual Health Virtual Briefing. Dr. Isaacs discusses how health care delivery has evolved during COVID-19 and what the future might hold for the field of medicine.

Dr. Isaacs serves as CEO and executive director of The Permanente Medical Group, president and CEO of the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, and co-CEO of The Permanente Federation. Speaking with Grant, he shares how Kaiser Permanente leveraged its unique care delivery model to address COVID-19, discusses the future of advanced care at home, and offers a glimpse at new technologies on the horizon that will be part of the practice of Permanente Medicine.

I strongly believe this pandemic was an impetus for innovation across health care in every system throughout the nation.

– Richard S. Isaacs, MD, FACS

Related story: “The Permanente Federation wins gold Modern Healthcare 2022 Healthcare Marketing Impact Award”

In this episode

1:19  Challenges faced by Kaiser Permanente during the COVID-19 pandemic

5:00  Using Kaiser Permanente’s unique model to address COVID-19

7:50  Spreading and maintaining a culture of innovation during complex times

11:00  Innovations leveraged to provide more accessible care during the pandemic

14:02  The future of advanced care at home and how it will reshape health care

16:30  Key external factors that drove innovation during COVID-19

22:40  What health care organizations can do to address gaps in access to technology

25:49  New technologies on the horizon for Kaiser Permanente and the Permanente Medical Groups

29:24  Closing thoughts

Note: Watch the original interview with Grant and Dr. Isaacs on demand at Modern Healthcare’s Virtual Health Virtual Briefing (subscription required).

Connect on Twitter with Chris Grant at @cmgrant and Dr. Isaacs at @DrRichardIsaacs.

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