Innovation

Innovation is part of our lifeblood.

From our earliest beginnings, everything we do at Kaiser Permanente has been influenced by our determination to be more efficient, accurate, and effective. If it makes us perform better—as a business and as a care provider—then by all means, let's see if we can make it work. Of course, even a great idea must be tested and retested, vetted through compliance, piloted, and tested again before being adopted. But it's that underlying drive to innovate that runs through the veins of our organization.

From green design and materials to groundbreaking technologies and expansive research projects, Kaiser Permanente is on the leading edge of innovation—and not just in the health care industry. Our resources, scope, and reputation allow us to partner with experts across the country and around the world so that we can share our knowledge, learn from each other, set new directions, and continue to inspire new growth.

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Electronic medical record – Advanced. That's one word to describe Kaiser Permanente's highly sophisticated and integrated information management and care delivery system—advancing care while safeguarding our members' and patients' personal information.

Research – Research transforms theories into facts and ideas into disease prevention, lifesaving solutions, evidence-based care practices, and more. Our commitment to research is evident in the $170 million we invested in health research and the 1,070 articles published in peer-reviewed journals in 2012 alone.

Garfield Center for Innovation – Unique in the health care industry, the Garfield Center is a living laboratory used for testing contemporary designs, procedures, technologies, and more.

Center for Total Health – An interactive learning destination for the public, policy makers and the health care industry at large, the Center for Total Health features interactive displays and technological demonstrations that inspire dialogue and collaboration about improving health and wellness.

Green design – Kaiser Permanente's work in designing and defining green building strategies has been nationally recognized. No wonder we've made green the new black.

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