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Kaiser Permanente Honors Founding Physician With Release of Biography
Date:4/23/2009

Book chronicles Sidney Garfield, MD's vision of health care from its ground-breaking roots to the creation of a new model of health care in the United States

OAKLAND, Calif., April 23, /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente co-founder Sidney Garfield MD's innovative vision of American health care - from a 12-bed hospital in California's Mojave Desert to what is now the nation's largest health care delivery system and not-for-profit health plan - was released today in a biography, "The Story of Sidney R. Garfield, MD: The Visionary Who Turned Sick Care into Health Care." The book (Permanente Press, 2009) also presages a future for health care in which physicians and caregivers collaborate and leverage technology to provide the best care to every patient.

"Rarely has an historical book shown such relevancy for today's environment or circumstances," said Jack Cochran, MD, executive director of The Permanente Federation. "The tenets upon which Dr. Garfield's health care system are founded, including access, affordability, prevention and evidence-based medicine, are at the core of what is being discussed as a model for today's health care reform."

In the 1940s, Dr. Garfield partnered with industrialist Henry J. Kaiser to develop a new kind of health care system for the nation, based on the ideas of group medical practice, prepayment, and illness prevention and health promotion - a divergence from the way health care was financed and delivered in post-World War II America. Garfield also predicted and embraced the idea of electronic medical records and leveraging technology to advance medicine, more than 40 years ago.

The book provides an extraordinary glimpse into how technology evolved and revolutionized the health care industry, and how Kaiser Permanente has put this vision into practice with tools for both patients and providers. Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect(TM) is the w
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