Institute for Digital Health & Innovation


April 7, 2021

Brain Injury Survivors’ Conference Highlights Triumph Through Trauma

Karmen Robinson

Jim, Patti and Mary Drake at the Grand Canyon during their 14-day road trip. (Photo courtesy of the Drakes)

Members of the Drake family have shared their experiences for the past 11 years in hopes of helping others, and they continued to uplift and encourage attendees during the Brain Injury Survivors’ Conference hosted by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) Trauma Rehabilitation Resources Program.


March 25, 2021

Institute for Digital Health & Innovation Team Chosen as a Finalist in Artificial Intelligence Competition

Karmen Robinson

Joseph Sanford, M.D., and Adria Abella Villafranca use code they have written to test the OAK-D camera, equipped with spatial artificial intelligence.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Institute for Digital Health & Innovation (IDHI) was one of 13 university teams selected as a North American regional finalist in the OpenCV Artificial Intelligence Competition. There were nearly 1,400 entries worldwide in this competition, with 210 teams chosen as finalists across six geographic regions. The IDHI…


March 9, 2021

UAMS-Led Digital Health Stroke Program Helps Improve Arkansas’ Stroke Deaths Ranking

Ben Boulden

Freda Dodd of Marmaduke is one of thousands of stroke survivors treated through the Institute for Digital Health & Innovation's Stroke Program.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas recently fell from seventh place to 13th place in the nation in the number of stroke deaths per capita, an achievement health officials credit in part to a statewide digital health program of stroke education and treatment led by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). In 2011, Arkansas was…


February 22, 2021

Broadband Grants up to $75,000 Remain Available to Rural Arkansas Communities through UAMS

David Robinson

Grants aim to make broadband more available to rural Arkansas communities.

LITTLE ROCK — Grants of up to $75,000 each are available to help rural Arkansas communities apply for federal grants and loans to make broadband accessible to their residents. Last year, $2 million was allocated as part of the Rural Broadband I.D. Expenses Trust Fund Grant. The program is funded by the state’s Restricted Reserve…


February 12, 2021

UAMS Rural Telehealth Center Receives $1.5 Million to Evaluate Broadband Pilot Program’s COVID-19 Response

Ben Boulden

Hari Eswaran and Mellie Bridewell

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Rural Telehealth Evaluation Center has received a $1.5 million federal grant to evaluate the performance of the Telehealth Broadband Pilot Program in preventing, preparing for and responding to COVID-19. The Health Resources & Services Administration’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy awarded the grant…


February 9, 2021

Joseph Sanford, M.D., Appointed Director of UAMS Institute for Digital Health & Innovation

Spencer Watson

Joseph Sanford, M.D.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has appointed Joseph Sanford, M.D., as director of the Institute for Digital Health & Innovation (IDHI). “The necessities of the past year have taught us a great deal about the potential of digital health and its ability to improve the lives of Arkansans regardless…


February 3, 2021

UAMS Institute for Digital Health & Innovation Awarded $749,968 to Improve Efforts to Reduce Violent Crime in Schools

Ben Boulden

Security guard at a public junior high school -- students OOF in background

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Institute for Digital Health & Innovation has received a three-year, $749,968 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to help reduce violent crime in and around Arkansas schools. The project, the School Telemedicine in Arkansas for Lessons in Trauma-informed Education (STARLITE), aims to improve…


October 29, 2020

UAMS Awarded Nearly $1 Million by U.S. Department of Agriculture for Digital Health Training in Arkansas Delta

Ben Boulden

Hari Eswaran, right, uses a live video connection at the UAMS Institute for Digital Health & Innovation to talk with Mellie Bridewell, executive director of the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Institute for Digital Health & Innovation has received a two-year grant of $999,993 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the digital health training of health care professionals, students, business and community leaders, consumers and patients in the Arkansas Delta. The grant will fund…


September 1, 2020

UAMS Awarded $3.8 Million for National Research Center To Study Effectiveness of Digital Health in Rural Health Care

Ben Boulden

Communication tower standing tall in the country side of Alabama.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Institute for Digital Health & Innovation has received a four-year $3.8 million grant from the federal Health Resources & Services Administration to establish a national research center. The center will examine the effectiveness of digital health in delivering health care in rural areas and hospitals. The grant…


August 28, 2020

Trauma, Stroke Networks Unite to Teach COVID-19 Best Practices, Share Information

Ben Boulden

Jeff Halbert, director of UAMS Respiratory Care, discusses the use the high-flow nasal cannula on an All Sites Call.

As the COVID-19 global pandemic threatened Arkansas in March, many physicians and nurses in rural hospitals across the state had more questions than answers about the new disease. UAMS went to work to answer them. The service is dubbed COVID-19 ED2ED All Sites Calls. More than 1,100 of the state’s health care professionals have taken…



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