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Dr. Stephen Klasko and Ken Terry on Healthcare Through the Lens of Music

December 27, 2023

Socrates tells us the unexamined life is not worth living. We can’t improve and move forward without an understanding of where we are.

Our guests today, Stephen Klasko, MD, MBA, and healthcare journalist Ken Terry, are on firm ground as they look to the future of healthcare. They have collaborated on a book, Feelin' Alright: How the Message in the Music Can Make Healthcare Healthier .

Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, is the former president of Thomas Jefferson University and CEO of Jefferson Health. Ken Terry is a veteran healthcare journalist and author who has written two other books healthcare reform.

Feelin' Alright leverages the emotional power of song lyrics to inspire healthcare executives to envision and build a more accessible, high-quality, and equitable healthcare system. Using music as a metaphor, the author encourages readers to examine what is problematic in the existing healthcare model and to take tangible steps toward a more consumer-centered healthcare experience.

Each chapter features Klasko’s multifaceted perspective and is anchored with a song that reflects the chapter's central themes. Topics explored include:

  • Why consumers are starting to rebel against traditional healthcare.

  • How technology can be used to transform healthcare through consumer empowerment.

  • How medical education must evolve to prepare physicians for paradigm shifts.

  • What radical changes are needed to decrease health inequity.

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