The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received more than $900,000 to support digital health initiatives.
UAMS’ Institute for Digital Health and Innovation received a two-year grant totaling $999,993 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to offer digital health training for health care professionals and others in the Arkansas Delta. The grant will fund hands-on and virtual training at regional Telehealth Training Centers located at the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership in Lake Village, the UAMS East Regional Campus in Helena-West Helena and Jefferson Regional Medical Center School of Nursing in Pine Bluff.
These training centers will offer training focused on digital health technologies. Project leaders expect more than 400 individuals in the Arkansas Delta area to receive training.
“A person living in the southern Delta of Arkansas has an expected lifespan 10 years less than that of a similar person in northwest Arkansas,”Joseph Sanford, M.D., interim director of the institute, said in a statement “The training centers will be in counties where education in digital health practices can help to address this disparity.”
Hari Eswaran, Ph.D., the Institute for Digital Health and Innovation director of research, is leading the project as the principal investigator.