The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has received $940,000 from the Federal Communications Commission for digital health technology to treat patients for COVID-19 and deliver medical information to patients and providers across the state.
The money will also compensate UAMS for past and current health care costs related to the pandemic, and allow UAMS to purchase a smartphone application its staff of more than 10,000 can use to self-screen as well as check their temperatures before reporting to work.
The money will be administered through the UAMS Institute for Digital Health & Innovation, led by Dr. Curtis Lowery, the institute’s director.
UAMS said more than 8,000 Arkansans will be able to receive COVID-19 screenings through a digital health portal, and UAMS will be able to provide access to digital health consultations to more than 300 medical facilities on COVID-19 best practices in the delivery of patient care.
UAMS will use the money to conduct virtual visits as well, with patients who require multiple trips to a clinic, such as pregnant women. That will reducing the risk of those patients being exposed to the virus.