Ted E. Palen, PhD, MD, MSPH is a practicing primary care internist with the Colorado Permanente Medical Group and a Physician Investigator in the Institute for Health Research (IHR) of Kaiser Permanente Colorado (KPCO). He also serves as the Physician Manager for Clinical Reporting and a utilization management physician reviewer for the KPCO Resource Stewardship department.
Dr. Palen received his PhD in chemistry at the University of Colorado, Boulder under the direction of Nobel Laureate Dr. Thomas R. Cech. He completed medical school and a combined internal/preventive medicine residency program at the University of Colorado at Denver Medical School. He has been with the Colorado Permanente Medical Group since 1997. He currently chairs the Integrating New Technology with Benefits and Operations committee and is a member of the Emerging Technology Advisory Group. As a member of the Resources Stewardship department he participates in utilization reviews and serves as the Physician Manager for Clinical Reporting, using data analytics for evaluating the care delivery processes. His research is focused on the use of clinical informatics for analyzing care delivery models and the use of virtual care and remote care to improving care delivery processes, clinical outcomes, and quality of care.