Dr. Hans Dethlefs’ day is a balance of patients and technology. As a family physician, Dr. Dethlefs sees patients of all ages and with a variety of medical needs. “I perform well child exams, take care of people with chronic illnesses as well as those with routine medical needs. When I’m not doing clinic work, I’m the Heartland Community Health Network Medical Director,” he explained.
The use of information technology and an electronic health record helps to improve the care that network members provide to their patients.
“Having access to electronic health records provides the right information at the right time to help us do a more complete job. We are also able to gather information on groups of patients which facilitates our working as a team in the care of our patients, and helps us better understand the health of our entire population” said Dr. Dethlefs.
My best moments in medicine have to do with the daily interactions I have with patients…
Dr. Dethlefs said he always wanted to be a doctor, especially in the capacity of serving the poor. He joined OneWorld thirteen years ago, after returning from Honduras where he was working with the poor and vulnerable populations. When he returned to Omaha, he was seeking work of a similar nature.
Currently, Dr. Dethlefs is working with another physician and a group of diabetic educators in the Dominican Republic with a goal of reducing the complications of diabetes and high blood pressure. They are providing medications, collecting and monitoring data from 1,000 patients.
“My best moments in medicine have to do with the daily interactions I have with patients; when I am providing comprehensive care and I’m fully engaged with them,” he said.