Professor Greg Thomas, Director of the Center for Design Research at the University of Kansas, will present the WellCar to FedTel, a Federal workgroup on telehealth on May 7. The WellCar, which has been described as a doctor’s office on wheels, is being developed at the CDR under Thomas’s direction.
FedTel is a cross-Federal workgroup focused on coordinating efforts across the Federal Government to support and advance the use of telehealth, the delivery of health-related services and information via telecommunications technologies.
Its members represent the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, NASA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and Human Services, and others. They are interested in learning how KU’s WellCar could be used to improve healthcare delivery in rural areas.
The WellCar project puts many medical devices under one vehicle’s roof, integrates them, and is able to secure exchange patient’s medical data for evaluation at hospitals or clinics. It state-of-the-art telecommunications equipment that operates in remote locations where conventional wireless technology won’t reach.
Telehealth is being already being utilized, and understanding the issues and activities that impact the adoption and use of telehealth is crucial. FedTel has already had presentations on the variations in reimbursement; on State licensure; and updates on the activities and products of various stakeholder organizations.