Institute for Digital Health & Innovation


September 1, 2020

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

Ben Boulden

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, center, introduces U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan at new conference at the Capitol.

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…


August 13, 2020

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

David Robinson

The UAMS Institute for Digital Health & Innovation is accepting applications from Arkansas communities for broadband grants of up to $75,000 each.

LITTLE ROCK — Thirty 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. The “Rural Broadband I.D. Expenses Trust Fund Grant,” sponsored by state Sen. Missy Irvin, is funded by the state’s Restricted Reserve Fund and federal coronavirus…


June 25, 2020

Digital Health Visits Help Regional Campuses Meet COVID-19 Challenges

Ben Boulden

Jordan Weaver, M.D., uses a digital health video connection to talk to a colleague. Weaver helped lead the digital health effort at the UAMS Family Medical Center in Batesville.

Brittnay Hall, 39, was at an impasse: COVID-19 worries were making worse her pre-existing problems with anxiety. Also, thinking of having an in-person visit with her physician about her anxiety medications made her feel unsafe. Digital health technology resolved her dilemma. Hall, of Newark, had a more-than-20-year patient-physician relationship with Julia Roulier, M.D., a family…


February 24, 2020

Blue & You Foundation Gives $147,000 to UAMS AR-IMPACT to Help Physicians Fight Opioid Use Statewide

Benjamin Waldrum

UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, receives the check from Patrick O'Sullivan, Blue & You Foundation executive director. Beau Blair Jr., UAMS Board of Advisors chair (at left) also accepted along with members of the AR-IMPACT team.

A $147,000 grant from the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas will allow the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to expand a program to fight opioid addiction around the state through use of its digital health network. The announcement was made Feb. 20 at UAMS by the Blue & You Foundation,…


January 21, 2020

New UAMS HealthNow Offers 24/7 Digital Health, Live Video Access to Convenient Care

Ben Boulden

Curtis Lowery, M.D., left, answers questions during a television interview about the new UAMS HealthNow, 24-hour, online convenience health care service.

Starting today through UAMS HealthNow, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has begun providing 24-hour, digital health access to convenient, real-time care for Arkansas patients using the internet through mobile devices or computers. Arkansas patients at any time can connect via live video and see UAMS expert health care providers who offer a…


December 11, 2019

UAMS Awarded $4 Million to Study Digital Delivery of Heart Patient Care

Spencer Watson

Leanne Lefler, Ph.D., RN, APRN, FAHA

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has been awarded $4 million by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study digital delivery of health care to patients with heart failure. The project is under the leadership of Leanne Lefler, Ph.D., APRN, an associate professor in the College of Nursing, who is a Fellow…


October 16, 2019

UAMS Institute for Digital Health & Innovation Awarded $4 Million Grant to Help Sexual Assault Victims

Ben Boulden

UAMS Institute for Digital Health & Innovation

A new digital health program to provide the expertise of sexual assault nurse examiners to rural hospital emergency departments recently received funding through a $4 million, federal grant to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime awarded the…


September 4, 2019

Awardees Honored for Contributions to Digital Health

Spencer Watson

Ryan Kelly and Curtis Lowery

The UAMS-led South Central Telehealth Resource Center recently presented three awards to honor those for their work building networks for and advocacy of digital medicine. The awards were presented at the South Central Telehealth Forum, held Aug. 19 and 20 in Nashville, Tennessee. The resource center serves Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. It functions primarily through…


August 9, 2019

UAMS Partners With Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield to Expand Comprehensive Digital Health Network

Benjamin Waldrum

UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, Mahlon O. Maris, M.D., Curtis Barnett, Angela Wimmer, M.Ed., and Curtis Lowery, M.D., pose in front of a digital health interpretive wall commemorating the digital health partnership and honoring Maris' legacy.

A $1 million grant to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) from Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield will enable the UAMS Institute for Digital Health & Innovation to advance digital health statewide to provide patients better and more streamlined access to health care. The grant was announced today as leaders from UAMS…