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Judge Compels Kaiser Permanente to Release Documents in Better Technologies Group Lawsuit

Better Life Technologies Group, Inc. — a Black-owned wearable biotechnology company based in San Diego, CA — recently received a favorable ruling in an ongoing $50 million lawsuit against Kaiser Permanente (KP). The 2017 lawsuit accuses the California-based healthcare giant of misappropriating its confidential, proprietary information. According to the lawsuit, in 2012, Better Life Technologies participated in a series of meetings with KP, with the hope of advancing its wireless wearable biotech devices designed to assist in the management of critical diseases. At that time, ViQual Medical Technology, a subsidiary of Better Life Technologies, signed a nondisclosure agreement, preventing KP from disclosing any patent information related to its products. The lawsuit states that while KP and Better Life Technologies did not eventually collaborate, KP went on to reveal lucrative, protected trade secrets to competing entities and received a substantial profit through those...

Jan 13, 2020

Kaiser Permanente Names Gregory Adams as New Chairman and CEO

Kaiser Permanente has appointed Gregory A. Adams as its new chairman and chief executive officer . Adams has a long history with the Oakland, California-based nonprofit, which aims to transform the healthcare of its 12.2 million members. Adams, whose distinguished career reflects a longstanding commitment to healthcare, previously served as Kaiser Permanente’s executive vice president, where he oversaw health and hospital operations across several regions. He serves on several boards , including the National Association of Health Services Executives, as well as the California Hospital and the American Hospitality associations. Adams expressed his dedication to Kaiser’s mission and to the path that lies ahead, deeming the appointment “ truly an honor to be named Chairman and CEO of this amazing organization .” AfroTech Editorial // Morgan Debaun and Bernard Tyson onstage at AfroTech 2019 Gregory Adams succeeds Bernard J. Tyson, who died last month at the age of 60. Tyson appeared at...

Dec 12, 2019

Careers In Tech: Karen Ford of Kaiser Permanente Shares Advice On Advancement And The KP Culture

Kaiser Permanente (KP) is dedicated to helping underrepresented groups thrive in tech. Karen Ford, Executive Director and Chief of Staff – Strategy, Planning and Portfolio Management at Kaiser talks about why she loves her job and Kaiser Permanente. Her primary job function includes supporting the 2000+ employees charged with keeping KP’s IT system running smoothly and efficiently. Ford isn’t a stranger to being the only woman — and woman of color — in the room, and she’s excited to be working at a company like KP that reinvests in communities and promotes diversity and inclusion in its ranks. At the end of the day, Ford’s job is to help KP deliver high-quality, affordable health care to Kaiser’s customers. Coming from a career in advertising, marketing, radio, and production, Ford never saw herself in the health care industry. However, she credits her advertising experience with inspiring her to imagine endless possibilities for herself. She still uses the skills she learned early...

Dec 6, 2019

Bernard J. Tyson: The Leader, The Icon, The Man

The world was dealt a dizzying blow on Sunday as Bernard J. Tyson — Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente — passed away in his sleep. To say this news hit me hard would be an incredible understatement. Just a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure and privilege of interviewing Mr. Tyson . I was left in awe of not only his accomplishments but also his genuine passion for serving his customers and community. Who Was Bernard J. Tyson? Mr. Tyson’s passion for health care began when he was a little boy. He admired the doctors who cared for his mother during her illness and was also inspired by the way they cared for his family as a whole. The experience made him want to become a doctor, but he later found his true calling in health care administration. He studied the health care system during both his undergraduate and graduate programs. Post-graduation, his career took a trajectory which many of us can only aspire to as he served in all major aspects of Kaiser Permanente’s health care...

Nov 11, 2019