ePatient 2021 - Interplay between Technology and Racial Inequities in Healthcare

February 24 @ 4:35 pm

The pandemic has highlighted many inequities in our healthcare system including racial inequities.  In this engaging and interactive experience, we will explore how technology can exacerbate or combat these inequities. After a brief introduction from our speakers, we will split into small group sessions to discuss key questions about blind spots in technology development and strategies for addressing them.


Edward M. Yu, MD, CMQ, CPPS, CPE

Chief Quality Officer
Palo Alto Medical Foundation/Sutter Health


Dr. Edward Yu, Medical Director of Quality, serves as the Chief Quality Officer for Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group at Sutter Health since 2013. His primary role is to lead strategic and tactical elements of PAMF’s quality and patient safety programs. He is well versed in Lean management systems and innovation through design thinking.  Through his leadership, PAMF has been recognized as a Top Performer in clinical quality and patient experience in California by Integrated Healthcare Association’s Value Based Pay Programs for multiple consecutive years and earned 4.5 or 5 stars in Medicare Star Program for the past several years. Dr. Yu continues to provide clinical care as a Family Physician with his own patient panel in Mountain View, California for over 20 years.  He has presented at many major national conferences including Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) National Forum, American Medical Group Association (AMGA) Institute of Quality Leadership and American Association of Physician Leadership (AAPL) Thought Leader Symposium. Dr. Yu earned his medical degree and completed his residency at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  

Nicole M. Barnett, DHSc, MBA, RN, CNL

Northern California Regional Director Nursing and Clinical Practice
Kaiser Permanente

Dr. Nicole Barnett offers a comprehensive background in biomedical research, education and nursing. She completed her nursing training at Contra Costa College in 1994. She is also an alumna of Oberlin College in Oberlin Ohio , and California State University Dominguez Hills where she earned her BSN and MBA. In August 2005, she earned her doctorate in health sciences from the Nova Southeastern University College of Allied Health and Nursing. Dr. Barnett is also a state certified public health nurse (PHN) and in 2012 achieved her certification as a Clinical Nurse Leader from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).