The University of Arkansas Medical Sciences has launched an innovative digital health spine clinic. The digital clinic enables patients from across the state with spinal disorders and spinal cord tumors—not to mention those who underwent surgery—to go to the location closest to home without having to travel to Little Rock to visit a specialist in person.
The University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS) Institute for Digital Health & Innovation and the UAMS Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute is offering patient-centric care in a big way. They held their first digital spine clinic consultations in Arkansas in April with T. Glenn Pait, MD, a professor in the College of Medicine’s Department of Neurosurgery and Department of Orthopedic Surgery and director of the Spine Institute, according to a recent UAMS press release.
Digital health is the delivering of health care through technology such as smart phones, interactive live video and telehealth platforms utilizing wearable devices, personal computers, and several other technologies. This overall approach, bundled and integrated into secure, HIPPA compliant offerings, makes life for the patient easier and more convenient. For example, the digital clinic eliminates long distance travel associated with care in some patient cases.
The digital clinic allows for more timely and easier access to high-quality specialty spine care.
Note that TrialSite News has presented to SOCRA on the emerging patient-centric technologies and how they are already impacting clinical trials. Some of the same digital systems that UAMS is capitalizing on now for spine care will be offered up in various forms for clinical trials. The research centers make it easier for patients sign up and stay involved in a clinical trial.