A new $500,000 grant will enable the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to study the quality of digital health visits for older individuals. This grant will supplement a $4 million study that compares digital health delivery to in-person visits for heart failure patients.
This research is being conducted by the UAMS College of Nursing, alongside West Tennessee Healthcare and the UAMS Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. As part of the study, researchers will survey 1,000 heart failure patients to gauge quality of care and satisfaction with digital visits in the previous year.
“The adoption of digital health tools has skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic, but there’s not a lot of good evidence on how well they really work, especially for older patients who are often already really sick, like heart failure patients,” Leanne Lefler, Ph.D., APRN, an associate professor in the UAMS College of Nursing, said in a statement. “The science has just not kept pace.”
This new study is intended to augment the previous digital health vs. in-person visits, overseen by Lefler.