The organization that is now Kaiser Permanente began at the height of the Great Depression with a single inventive young surgeon and a 12-bed hospital in the middle of the Mojave Desert. When Sidney R. Garfield, MD, looked at the thousands of men involved in building the Colorado River Aqueduct, he saw an opportunity. He borrowed money to build Contractors General Hospital 6 miles from a tiny town called Desert Center and began treating sick and injured workers. But financing was difficult, and Dr. Garfield was having trouble getting the insurance companies to pay his bills in a timely fashion. To compound matters, not all the men had insurance. Dr. Garfield refused to turn away any sick or injured worker, so he often was left with no payment at all for his services. In no time, the hospital’s expenses were far exceeding its income.
Kaiser Permanente takes a data-driven approach, powered by our industry-leading electronic health record system, to deliver personalized, high-quality care for your individual employees and manage the well-being of your entire workforce. This strategy is known as population health management (PHM). By analyzing clinical and financial data from across our organization, we find opportunities to help improve health outcomes and reduce the cost of care.
Harnessing the power of data-driven insights also helps us deliver long-term value to your business — while helping your employees improve their health and quality of life.