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Kaiser Permanente to open medical school in 2020 with focuses on data, virtual reality

February 19, 2019 / Nathan Eddy

Kaiser Permanente announced that it will open a School of Medicine in the summer of 2020, with a strong concentration on using 21st century technology to prepare physicians for healthcare in the digital age. Physician burnout is rampant — and today’s technologies, notably EHRs — are widely cited as being among the chief reasons. It’s also worth noting, of course, that Epic Systems CEO Judy Faulkner last week at HIMSS19 countered that consensus by telling Healthcare IT News in an interview that recent research shows “there’s not a high correlation between happiness with the EHR and happiness with their job and the problem of burnout.” At the same time, technologies are also viewed as holding the potential to restore humanity to healthcare and bring back the joy of medicine. Kaiser’s goal is training future physicians to become collaborative-ready leaders fluent in “data-driven care.” To that end, the school will provide student...