We CAN Fix Healthcare – The Future is Now V5.5


In this exciting new book, “We CAN Fix Healthcare – The Future Is Now,” President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, Dr. Stephen K. Klasko, proposes an extraordinary, even science fiction, event where a no-blaming conversation about the healthcare system leads to provocative ideas for disruption that allow even Democrats and Republicans to see that they can collaborate.

Built on interviews from every part of the system, Steve Klasko, Greg Shea, and Michael Hoad find extraordinary solutions from education to insurance to disparities (with help from a time-traveling Harry Truman). This book posits that the solution to healthcare in America is collaboration to transform, not tinker.

Twelve Disruptors To Healthcare

Opportunities to make a positive impact within healthcare


Develop a system that is user-friendly and delivers value


Add incentives that are aligned with optimal health outcomes


Provide the right solution for the right patient at the right time


Look for empathy, communication and creativity in physicians.


Gather metrics in aiding surgical proficiency and competency


“Getting healthcare out to where the consumer is” mindset.


Provide clear details and cost itemizations on a bill


Integrate alternative solutions in traditional treatment


Remove barriers and accelerate research and innovation


Legacy EHR system allowing for more personalized experiences


A healthcare system that makes patients and communities healthier


Create equality and eliminate disparities in healthcare

Featured Testimonials


Drs. Stephen Klasko and Gregory Shea have undertaken an examination of our healthcare system, not to extol its virtues which are manifest, but rather to provoke a series of images for the next era. 

The authors cast a critical eye at where we are at present in the evolution of our healthcare system … disjointed, expensive, and educationally primitive. They then provoke the reader to imagine a system for the next decade that is coherent, cost-effective, and patient-centric. The rewards for quality will replace volume-based incentives. 

The style is narrative and energizing and is based on a wide variety of interviews looking at service, education, economics, and the sociology of healthcare in the United States.

The reader will be richly rewarded with a liberal education in healthcare. New ideas in education, research, and delivery are manifest. No one who opens the covers of this manuscript will be disappointed.

Richard H. Rothman, MD, PhD
Founder, The Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University


It has been a while since I felt optimistic after reading a book on our healthcare system, and yet that best describes my sentiment after finishing Stephen Klasko’s new book, We CAN Fix Healthcare — The Future is Now. The book doesn’t shy away from all that is wrong with our healthcare system, but the focus is squarely on what can be right about it. If you want to be knowledgeable about the evolution of our healthcare system, and armed with sensible, apolitical solutions, you have come to the right place. Most importantly, this book has been written for the masses, not just the rarified few in the world of health policy. Klasko and crew are tremendously skilled writers who adeptly use humor and self-deprecation to keep you turning the page — while also keeping you hopeful for the future.

Sanjay Gupta
Chief Medical correspondent, cnn


Dr. Stephen Klasko, the brilliant and visionary CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, has written an extremely important and insightful book about how the combination of consumerism and technology can truly transform healthcare from a seemingly hopeless liability of ever rising expenses and shortages into a dynamic industry with more and better care at a lower cost. A mighty wave of breathtaking innovations and breakthroughs awaits us in medicines, medical devices and delivery systems. Klasko and Shea show how all of these dazzling possibilities can become realities…and soon!

Steve forbes
forbes media


Radical change in business takes a special kind of leadership, and healthcare is no exception. Steve Klasko is such a leader, and his book insightfully explores the transformative process that will finally allow healthcare to join the consumer revolution.

Jack welch
Former ceo of general electric and bestselling author 


Cloud, mobility, and big data shifted market power from entrenched incumbent organizations to customers-in-control. Healthcare had missed this message. Dr. Stephen Klasko is a visionary and a courageous healthcare disruptor. As the leader of one of the nation’s most forward-thinking medical institutions, he explains in a clear and easy to read prose exactly what must be done to transform our outdated healthcare system. Where the politicians and lobbyists failed, the innovators now need to take the lead.

John Sculley
Former apple ceo

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About the Authors

Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA
President of Thomas Jefferson University and CEO of Jefferson Health

Dr. Steve Klasko, leads 11 hospitals, 25,000 employees and 10,000 students in his current position as President of Thomas Jefferson University and CEO of Jefferson Health. Dr. Klasko has been the Chief Executive Officer of three academic health systems and the Dean of two of America’s medical colleges. At each institution, he has built programs to develop the clinicians of the future, and in building a partnership of Thomas Jefferson University with Philadelphia University, he is building the university of the future.

Gregory P. Shea, PhD
Adjunct Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Senior Fellow at Wharton s Center for Leadership and Change Management, and Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

Dr. Shea has consulted extensively in industries undergoing massive changes, most recently being healthcare. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College and holds an M.Sc. in Management Studies from the London School of Economics and a PhD in Administrative Science from Yale.

Michael Hoad, MA
Executive Editor, Journal of Healthcare Transformation

Born in Guyana and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Michael became a journalist after stints at Yale University, Stanford University and the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. He used those skills to name, rebrand and lead communications for USF Health and eventually became Vice President of Communications of the University of South Florida. His passion is family history and generational narrative. He serves as Executive Editor of the journalzine Healthcare Transformation.

We Can Fix Healthcare

“Dr. Stephen Klasko and Greg Shea travel through time to give us 12 all too logical, innovative, and disruptive prescriptions for transforming healthcare in the universe in which we live. Dr. Klasko can walk the talk, and demonstrates how a systematic and collaborative model can create a healthier system for all.”

Roger Holstein, CEO, Healthgrades

April 8, 2016 – English – 320 Pages – Perfect Paperback

Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1934854425
ISBN-13: 978-1-934854-42-6

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