University of Arkansas nurse: Telehealth turns underserved communities into wired populations
The Arkansas Antenatal and Neonatal Guidelines, Education and Learning System, otherwise known as ANGELS, has seen big gains in improving the state’s access to care and reducing infant mortality rates.
The success can be tied to a three-year $102 million federal stimulus grant for broadband equipment and installation in more than 450 institutions across the state, which the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine won in 2010. Today, UAMS is among the American Hospital Association’s Most Wired.
The ANGELS program harnesses telehealth technologies for stroke patients, infant and maternal health, as well as continuing education, administrative solutions, and research, according to UAMS researcher Sarah Rhoads Kinder.
Kinder will be speaking at the day-long Nursing Informatics Symposium: Shifting from Implementation to Optimization at HIMSS16 in late February.
A patient-centered care specialist, Kinder will discuss Arkansas’ experience and lessons learned in improving maternal, neonatal, and pediatric care in rural areas.
Kinder intends to highlight innovative approaches and provide practical examples of telehealth and remote monitoring being used to optimize care across multiple settings, and attendees will have the opportunity to discuss why telehealth is an important part of care coordination.
Kinder’s session, titled “Using Telehealth to Manage Patient Populations,” will be held from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Feb. 29 at the Sands Expo Convention Center, Marcello Room 4404.