Statewide Sickle Cell Clinical Program Begins
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has opened a multidisciplinary clinic to serve Arkansas’ adult sickle cell patients as part of a statewide comprehensive program to address the disease.
The multidisciplinary clinic at UAMS’ Outpatient Center is led by Robin Devan, M.D., a palliative care physician in the Department of Internal Medicine in the UAMS College of Medicine. Clinic staff will include an advanced practice nurse, a registered nurse and a social worker. Patients will be seen annually and will receive any primary or specialty care they may need.
“Sickle cell is a chronic, high-maintenance disease, because as a blood disease it affects every organ in the body,” Devan said, noting that life expectancy can be in the mid-40s for patients with the most severe form of sickle cell. “People in their 20s and 30s may present with kidney failure, liver failure, strokes, retinopathy, and other life-threatening conditions.”
Nation's First Telemedicine Program for Hand Trauma Established
Patients with hand injuries now have access to the nation’s first hand trauma telemedicine program established this month by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), the Arkansas Trauma Communications Center and the Arkansas Department of Health.
Through the Hand Telemedicine Program, patients and their physicians in hospitals throughout Arkansas can consult in real time with hand trauma surgeons and specialists via a high-definition broadband video connection provided through Arkansas e-Link.
The real-time telemedicine consultations will provide the best possible treatment for hand injuries. The surgeons, using an iPad or other mobile device, will connect to local doctors and hospitals that use telemedicine equipment called e-Link carts. The equipment was distributed to health care providers around the state by Arkansas e-Link using a $102 million federal grant from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) received by UAMS Center for Distance Health and partners to boost broadband connections across the state.