Institute for Digital Health & Innovation


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…


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,…



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