Ted E. Palen, PhD, MD, MSPH

Physician Investigator

Ted PalenTed E. Palen, PhD, MD, MSPH, is a Physician Investigator at the Institute for Healthcare Research. His research interests are in the area of clinical informatics with a focus on understanding the flow of data from the point-of-care to its collection and use in research, decision support, chronic disease management, and quality of care. He also has a focus on virtual care options such as patient-physician email communication and telehealth.

Dr. Palen earned his Master of Science in Public Health degree at the University of Colorado, Denver, and completed his doctoral training in biochemistry at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He completed his medical training at the University of Colorado, Denver, where he also completed a residency in Internal Medicine. Dr. Palen is dedicated to improving the healthcare delivery process and is highly involved in implementing a range of point-of-care decision support and telehealth tools for use in clinical practice.

Dr. Palen is a practicing Internist and also the Manager of Clinical Reporting in the Resource Stewardship department at Kaiser Permanente Colorado. He is active in several professional associations, including serving as the Treasurer for the Colorado Chapter of the American College of Physicians and a Diplomate in Clinical Informatics of the American Board of Preventive Medicine.


Selected Research

  • Re-engineered Visit (REV) for Primary Care

    Evaluate transitions of care post-hospital discharge and primary care in order to improve communication and reduce re-hospitalizations.
    Funder: John Snow, Inc.
    Study End Date: 3/24/2018

  • Kaiser Permanente National Research Bank
    The KP National Research Bank is a collaboration across all Kaiser regions nationally funded by Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. The goal of the KP National Research Bank is to collect blood samples from 500,000 adult KP members and utilize them, combined with survey data and medical information to create a state of the art resource for genetic and health services research.
    Funder: Kaiser Foundation Health Plan
    Study End Date: 12/31/2017