Saint Paul, MNUSA 55113
February 1, 2013
I'm Greg Thelen. I am an engineer and physician. I am a psychiatrist that never let go of engineering. Particular interest is in telehealth combining technologies that deliver health care into the home. The possibilities seem endless.
I helped develop the telepsychiatry program for the Minneapols VA. We now see more patients over VTel than any other site in the national VA system. Nearly all my patients are seen over VTel. I developed the only program that can deliver mental health care to university campuses and am piloting a project to deliver care directly into the home. I keep track of the latest technologies and have a skill set that allows me to see multiple technologies as a physician and engineer and combine those technologies to deliver cost effective health care to the patient. I am hoping to make connections with programmers that would be willing to compare ideas and potentially partner to develop technologies for home use.
I am just excited to learn. I want to hear about other people's ideas on technology particularly technologies that can keep the elderly in their homes longer and tools to prevent recurring hospitalizations, and means of delivering home health. There are so many budding technologies that deliver bits of the picture but not many that can take those bits and combine them. Products will soon be on the market that will allow patients to do their own blood chemistries at home. Equipment that will allow a nearly full physical exam in the home and of course developing means of handling all the information that will soon be common place, like the $1000 genome.
Delivering quality health care at reduced cost. Preventative medicine will be the key to controlling health care.
Improving the time patients in renal failure have to wait to connect with willing donors. The cost savings are potentially in the millions for health care insurers particularly under the new national health care programs.
I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to talk to you! I was wondering if you have had an opportunity to work with the PTSD app that's being piloted in the SF area with the VA by Open mHealth. It looked very interesting, and is consistent with their "symptom management" approach. http://openmhealth.org/open-mhealth-c... We're working on technology to connect data from various sources (including medical data) and allowing patients and providers to work together.