As the Chairperson of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Curtis Lowery is viewed as a champion of antenatal and neonatal telemedicine benefiting the patient and physician alike. Dr. Lowery facilitated the process in which Arkansas insurance handles telemedicine, increased Medicaid reimbursements and promoted understanding for telemedicine, and brought telehealth access to more than 60 hospitals and community clinics in rural Arkansas providing medical consultations combined with the provider and patient education.
Dr. Lowery has established a Medicaid-funded, cost-effective programmatic solution, Antenatal and Neonatal Guidelines, Education and Learning System (ANGELS), to assist Arkansas’ high-risk pregnancies. Dr. Lowery founded this effort that reaches throughout Arkansas to those in need of subspecialty Maternal-Fetal Medicine support. Through this expertise, Dr. Lowery founded the UAMS Center for Distance Health, a technology-based partnership of the College of Medicine and Regional Programs. This Center directly offers telemedicine, continuing medical and health education, public health education, and evaluation research through interactive video throughout Arkansas. The Center for Distance Health represents the culmination of Arkansas’ telemedicine and distance health technology expertise, with directors and stakeholders who have been instrumental in developing telehealth initiatives in Arkansas.
In his latest effort, Dr. Lowery led a statewide effort in attaining over $102M in federal funding to allow the creation of the Arkansas Healthcare, Higher Education, Public Safety, & Research Integrated Broadband Initiative. The grant will allow the creation of high-speed internet connections in all 75 counties in the state and in 135 communities. This program, now called E-Link, will make or upgrade connections to 81 hospitals, all two-year colleges, eight public libraries and a variety of public health institutions, bringing the total number of partners for the project to over 470.
Additionally, Dr. Lowery was instrumental in reinvigorating the UAMS application for the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) grant from the National Institutes of Health. UAMS was awarded $20 million for the CTSA, with Dr. Lowery as the Principal Investigator for the university-wide project. He was recognized by the UAMS College of Medicine through the 2007 Educational Innovation Award, and ANGELS was announced by Harvard University Ash Institute as one of the nation’s most innovative governmental collaborations. Dr. Lowery also received the 2007 Hugo Gernsback Award for Clinical Innovation in Telemedicine by the AT&T Center for Telehealth Research & Policy.