UAMS Gets $3.8M for Digital Health Research Center

UAMS Gets $3.8M for Digital Health Research Center

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 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 investigate how digital health practices affect patient outcomes and rural hospital profitability, and inform rural hospitals about how best to use digital health in patient care.

“COVID-19 has limited many of our normal activities, such as visiting a doctor,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a news release. “The internet and access to it has enabled many Arkansans to make virtual visits to a physician. This grant will help us to identify the best ways to deliver health care virtually and affordably across the state.”

UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson said the research center is "a natural fit" with its Institute for Digital Health & Innovation.

"It will help us to continue that national leadership and demonstrate that we’ve earned it," he said.

The center will work in collaboration with the university’s College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy and College of Public Health.