Digital technology was both the method of connecting presenters and the focus of the UAMS College of Medicine’s “Showcase of Medical Discoveries: Digital Health & Innovation” on Jan. 21, where many of the featured projects were from faculty with primary or secondary appointments in the Department of Biomedical Informatics.
The showcases foster communication and collaboration in the UAMS research community. Starting with the first showcase event in late 2012, the College of Medicine has sponsored what began as informal wine-and-cheese gatherings where the college’s research scientists casually present research posters and discuss their findings with each other, donors and interested students and faculty. The showcases have moved to using a virtual, live video connection since the start of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Digital health uses interactive video, data and imaging devices as well as a patient’s computer, smart phone or tablet to deliver specialized medical services and expertise.
Visit the UAMS Newsroom for a full report on the event, which featured several presentations from those with connections to DBMI and its Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program:
- Auscultation Device that Attaches to a Smart Device — Joseph Sanford (secondary appointment in DBMI, Clinical Informatics Fellowship Site Director), Kevin Sexton (secondary appointment in DBMI, CI Fellowship Rotation Supervisor), Adria Abella Villafranca, Nikiya Simpson, Melody Greer (DBMI primary faculty), Samir Jenkins, Aaron Storey and William Kalkbrenner.
- Feasibility of Telelactation Service: Results from a Mixed Methods Analysis — Nalin Payakachat, Hari Eswaran (secondary appointment in DBMI), Sarah Rhoads, Hannah McCoy, Song Ounpraseuth and Curtis Lowery.
- Methods and Systems for Predicting the Effective of Inhaled and Infused Anesthetics — Ali Z. Al-Alawi, Kaylee Henry, Lauren Crimmins, Patrick Bonasso, Abul Hayat, Melvin Dassinger, Jeffrey Burford, Hanna Jensen, Joseph Sanford, Jingxian Wu, Kevin Sexton and Morten Jensen.
- Natural Language Processing and Visualization to Digest Complex Themes Discussed in Online Caregiver Support Forums — Catherine Shoults, Michael Rutherford, Aliza Brown, Corey Hayes (primary faculty in DBMI), Carolyn Greene, Merideth Addicott, Aaron Kemp, Jennifer Gan, Jonathan Bona (primary faculty in DBMI) and Linda Larson-Prior (secondary appointment in DBMI).
- Utilization of a Neuroinformatics Research Platform (ARIES) to Develop Quantitative Tools for Clinical Assessment and Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease Patients in Rural Arkansas — Tuhin Virmani, Lakshmi Pillai, Aliyah Glover, Aaron Kemp, Horace Spencer, Michael Rutherford, Phillip Farmer, Shorabuddin Syed, Hari Eswaran, Mitesh Lotia, Jonathan Bona, Linda Larson-Prior and Fred Prior (DBMI professor and chair; Clinical Informatics Fellowship faculty supervisor).
- Potential Health Care Cost Saving of the UAMS Nurse Call Center for Obstetric Services — Nalin Payakachat, Yi-Shan Sung, Naleen Raj Bhandari, Wanda Whitehurst, Susan Fogelman, Hari Eswaran, Tina Benton and Curtis Lowery.
- Implementation of an Interprofessional 1-800-COVID-19 Hotline Call Center Training Simulation — Kevin Sexton, Kathryn Neill, Kristen Sterba, Jared Gowen, Layla Simmons, Megan Lane and Joseph Sanford.
- Shifting to Virtual Research in a Childhood Obesity Trial — Jeannette Lee and Jessica Snowden (Clinical Informatics Fellowship faculty supervisor).