UAMS Names Powell Chief Medical Information Officer

By Nate Hinkel

Powell will work to optimize clinical processes, integrating technology resources into the treatment and care of patients and working closely with physicians to develop efficient practices that produce better patient outcomes.

“As we enter a new era in health care with increasing dependence on technology and a continuous focus on process improvement, he will play a critical role in bridging the gap between information technology and patient care to ensure we take full advantage of all the opportunities afforded by our technology investments,” said Roxane Townsend, chief executive officer of UAMS Medical Center and vice chancellor for clinical programs for UAMS.

Powell received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and completed his residency at Duke University Medical Center. He also holds a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Duke University. Before coming to UAMS, he was chief medical information officer and chief informatics officer for Miami Children’s Hospital in Miami, Fla.

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. Named best Little Rock metropolitan area hospital by U.S. News & World Report, it is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has more than 2,800 students and 790 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS regional centers throughout the state. Visit or