Karen R. Thomas is President of Cardeum, a HealthCare Consulting company focused on reducing hospital readmissions, improving patient outcomes, and reducing health care costs through the use of transformative technologies and best clinical practices. Previously, Karen served as President of Advanced TeleHealth Solutions, a telemonitoring company, and Oxford HealthCare, a home care agency for more than 20 years.
In 2004, Karen developed and secured funding for the first Medicaid-covered telemonitoring program within the Disease Management Department for the State of Missouri. Seeing the need that various industries had for cost-saving solutions that could provide improved health outcomes for patients, she began Advanced TeleHealth Solutions in 2011.
Karen is a nationally renowned speaker, using her expertise in telehealth monitoring to educate hospitals, home health agencies, and other companies and organizations about the benefits of telemedicine solutions. She was a speaker for Missouri State University’s Health Care Administration Master’s program regarding “The Capabilities of Home Health and Its Future,” a contributing author to “Home Telehealth: Connecting Care Within the Community,” published by Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd., and a speaker for numerous webinars and conferences providing education as to the benefits of home telemonitoring, generating enhanced clinical outcomes, patient engagement, and coordination of care.
Karen has co-hosted a long-running radio show to educate the public on the availability, accessibility, and desirability of home health and telemonitoring. She is a member of the Missouri Governors Innovation Task Force, a past board member of the National Association for Home Care and Private Duty Home Care Association, a member of the American Telemedicine Association and the American Society on Aging, and a past ex-officio member of the advisory board of HealthCare Technology Association of America, and locally, serves on the GYNCA board.
Karen holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and an MBA from Missouri State University and is a Certified Management Accountant. She has received the Missourian Award, Commendations from the Governor, Missouri Senate and House of Representatives, was recognized as one of Springfield Business Journal’s Most Influential Women, 417 Magazine’s Women Who Mean Business, and as a featured presenter at Springfield Business Journal’s 90 Ideas in 90 Minutes.