Uams Institute For Digital Health & Innovation – Healthcare providers in western Arkansas and Tennessee now have a new resource to learn best practices for delivering care through telemedicine.
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences announced Tuesday the opening of five satellite telehealth training centers, four in Arkansas. Centers will be located in Fayetteville, Pine Bluff, Lake Village and Helena-West Helena, with additional locations in Memphis, Tenn.
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Director of UAMS South Central Telehealth Resource Center Dr. Hari Eswaran says training resources are needed to help cope with the increase in requests for telemedicine visits.
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“Arkansas is a rural state, so we have a large population to cater to. Telehealth is a good mechanism for this,” said Eswaran.
This expansion is funded by two grants, a two-year grant from the US Department of Agriculture and a one-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration totaling more than $1.8 million.
“[The training] is not just for healthcare professionals. The centers are open to high school students or people who want to pursue careers in health or health IT, we are short of staff,” Eswaran said.
Learning centers are equipped with technology such as remote patient monitoring devices and digital health tools and resources.
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Trainees will receive instruction on the specific equipment used in telehealth, as well as proper etiquette, cybersecurity, privacy issues, and insurance billing procedures. Training will be provided through in-person classes at five satellite centers or they can receive virtual training from instructors in Little Rock.
Previous restrictions on telehealth have been lifted due to the pandemic. As for the future, Eswaran said, “I personally hope there will be a hybrid model because I think you still have to see a doctor. Not everything can be solved with telehealth.”
According to Eswar, the use of telehealth services is higher than before the pandemic, but has peaked and is not being used as much as during the peak of COVID.
Eswaran said he predicts that this potential hybrid model will result in improved medical visits because patients may not need to come to every appointment. He says it could also meet the growing need for mental health services because they can be provided from the comfort of a patient’s home.
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Remington Miller interned at KUAR News as part of the George C. Douthit Fellowship Program. Later he worked as a reporter and editor of the station. View large image Members of the UAMS and University of Arkansas research teams collaborating on prostheses with the potential to provide tactile sensation include UAMS surgeons Mark Tait, MD, John Bracey. , M.D. and Erika Petersen, M.D.; and UA researchers Ph.D. James Abbas, Ph.D., Ranu Jung, Ph.D., Sathyakumar Kuntaegowdanahalli, and Anil Thota. Photographer Evan Lewis
February 13, 2023| FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas Institute for Integrated and Innovative Research (I³R) is collaborating with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and health technology and prosthetics companies to conduct breakthrough research in neurally enhanced prosthetics. has the potential to provide users with a meaningful touch, grip strength and hand opening sensation.
The study led by Ph.D. James Abbas moderated the discussion, which brought together a team of UAMS surgeons, Snell Prosthetics and Orthotics, and health technology companies with I³R’s Adaptive Neural Systems Group (ANS). “Innovation in health care requires coordination and integration across disciplines and industries. We are excited to partner with UAMS and Snell to bring innovation to Arkansas,” said Abbas, professor of biomedical engineering and member of the ANS group. surgeons will help I³R expand access to integrative health across the state and beyond, and enhance our ability to develop and implement new neural technologies that will benefit many people.” UAMS surgeons are collaborating with the ANS group to promote neurally functional prosthetics for upper limb amputees study include: Erika Petersen, M.D., professor and director of the Division of Functional and Reconstructive Neurosurgery, Department of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine, John Bracey, M.D., associate professor of orthopedic surgery and hand and nerve specialist, College of Medicine, and Mark Tait, M.D., associate professor of orthopedic surgery and hand and nerve specialist, Abbas is also coming to the joint department with UAMS. Neurosurgery. “UAMS’ partnership with I³R is a great opportunity to take a completely new direction in innovation and significantly improve the way we help people regain their physical abilities,” said Petersen. “It has been an honor to work with Dr. Jung and Dr. Abbas and I am very grateful that they were able to partner and entrust me to lead the surgical team.” “This is UAMS’ first surgical collaboration with the University of Arkansas, and we are excited to be a part of it,” Tait said. “We do a lot of prosthetic work with amputees and the idea of being part of something that can bring sensation to amputees is incredibly meaningful.” Bracey added, “The concept of creating sensation in a prosthetic world using a neural prosthesis is something we’ve talked about with our colleagues, so it’s really exciting and a privilege to be involved in actually doing it.” The collaboration is facilitated by the UAMS Institute for Translational Research, which is supported by the award for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Translational Sciences to Accelerate Health Innovation (grant UL1 TR003107). “Collaboration with I³R’s groundbreaking ANS Group, Snell Prosthetics and the outstanding surgeons at UAMS will lead to the advancement of this cutting-edge research and life-enhancing technology,” he said. “Working together, we will serve the people of Arkansas and improve health care.” The Snell team in Fayetteville provides clinical support tailored to each participant’s prosthetic socket and hand. Snell’s network of clinics across the state is working with team members at I³R and UAMS to inform amputees about the study and identify suitable candidates. “We are very excited about this collaboration with I³R and UAMS,” said Jeremy Crowell, vice president of clinical operations at Snell Prosthetics and Orthotics. “Snell has always been an early adopter of new technologies, and this is one of the most innovative research opportunities we’ve seen in a long time to improve lives.” “This collaboration is fundamental to I³R serving as a driving force for integrated health in Arkansas and the region,” said Ph.D., who led the study with Abbas and is executive director and chairman of I³R. Ranu Jung, Vice Chancellor and Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering. “Our approach recognizes the multiple physiological, social, and environmental factors that influence holistic health—using a holistic and integrative strategy to create effective solutions that can be applied at scale.” U of A Grants from the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Biomedical Imaging Bioengineering (Grant R01 EB023261) and the US Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (Grant W81XWH1910839) support the clinical trial (NCT305) and the researchers, postdocs, and fellows of the Biomedical Engineering I³R doctoral team and collaborations with UAMS, Snell, and partner companies. The clinical trial is open and accepting participants with below-elbow amputation. See more. Contact email@example.com or 479-718-2390. About I³R: The Institute for Integrative and Innovative Research brings thought leaders and change makers together to create innovative solutions to wicked problems. We discover, develop, deliver and apply at scale to create meaningful social impact that improves quality of life and drives economic development. Learn more at i3r.uark.edu. About UAMS: UAMS is the only public health sciences university with colleges of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, health professions and public health; postgraduate study; HOSPITAL; main campus in Little Rock; Northwest Arkansas Fayetteville Regional Campus; a nationwide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephen Spine and Neuroscience Institute, Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health and Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health care system that includes the entire UAMS clinical facility. UAMS is the only Level 1 trauma center for adults in the state. UAMS has 3,240 students, 913 health professionals and fellows, and five dental residents. UAMS is the state’s largest public employer with more than 11,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide patient care at its regional campuses, Arkansas Children’s, VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram. About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship university, the U of A provides an internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. The U of A was founded in 1871 and has a larger contribution