Curtis Lowery, MD is Director of the UAMS Institute for Digital Health & Innovation (IDHI), established in January 2019, and serves as a professor for the UAMS Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Lowery has facilitated the process by which Arkansas Medicaid and other insurers reimburse for telemedicine care by promoting understanding of digital health and its benefits to rural healthcare access. Dr. Lowery has facilitated increased access to specialty care at over 400 hospitals and community clinics across Arkansas through the establishment of a statewide telemedicine network that extends both clinical care and education to Arkansas’ rural population.
Dr. Lowery helped craft innovative statewide partnerships - including collaborations with Arkansas Medicaid, healthcare insurers, and hundreds of rural healthcare facilities - to promote the adoption of digital health in Arkansas. He collaborates with the Arkansas Department of Human Services to deliver programs benefitting women’s health, including ANGELS and POWER, which collectively offer high-risk obstetrical care and maternal safety bundle implementation and education to rural providers and their patients through telemedical collaboration.
In 2007, Dr. Lowery founded the UAMS Center for Distance Health that recently evolved into the newly established IDHI. IDHI delivers real-time interactive video patient consultations, continuing medical education, and patient education to Arkansas. The institute represents the culmination of Arkansas' digital health expertise, with directors and stakeholders who have been instrumental in developing telemedicine initiatives in Arkansas that address the state’s health disparities. IDHI has brought over 20 long-sustaining telemedicine and 10 distance education programs to rural providers and patients in Arkansas. As IDHI expands, it will focus on direct-to-consumer services and other efficient, value-based healthcare initiatives.
In 2007, Harvard University Ash Institute honored ANGELS as one of the nation's most innovative governmental collaborations. In addition, Dr. Lowery received the 2007 Hugo Gernsback Award for Clinical Innovation in Telemedicine by the AT&T Center for Telehealth Research & Policy, was recently awarded the Effective Practice Award by the American Public Health Association, and was honored as a 2019 Hearst Population Health Prize Finalist.
2007 Dale Bumpers AHEC Leadership Award for exemplary leadership
2007 Education Innovation Award, College of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
2007 Harvard University Ash Institute of Government – Advanced to the Top 18 Semifinalist level in the 2007 Innovations in American Government Award competition for the ANGELS Program
2007 American Telemedicine Association: Innovation Award – ANGELS was selected as the year’s most innovative telemedicine program
2007 AT&T Center for Telehealth Research and Policy’s Hugo Gernsback Award for Clincal Innovation in Telemedicine
2008 Chancellor’s Faculty Teaching Award, 2006-07 Distinguished Recipient
2008 Rural Telecon 08, Rural Telecommunications Congress, 11th Annual Conference, Sumgglers Notch, VT, People’s Choice: Biggest Impact Award, October, 2008
2008 Cambridge Who’s Who Registry Among Executives and Professionals
2009 Associaton of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses. Best Paper Presentation: “Streamlining the Telemedicine Consultation Process: Advanced Practice Nurse as Facilitator. Perkins R, Lowery CL, Benton T, Barringer S, Ott R.
2009 American Gynecological & Obstetrical Society, 2009 Annual Meeting. Inducted into AGOS. Chicago, IL
2009 CREOG Examination Committee, Editorial Meeting, Washington, DC,
2009 Best Doctors in Arkansas, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Arkansas Times
2010 Top Physicians 2010, Maternal and Fetal Medicine Finalist, Arkansas Life, Arkansas Democrat Gazette
2010 Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals
2010 Distinguished Investigator T1 Award Nomination, Society for Clinical and Translational Science
2011 ATA President’s Award for Advancement of Telemedicine, UAMS ANGELS and Obstetrics and Gynecology, ATA
2014 Florence Char, MD Clinical Genetics Award, UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital
2015 “Innovation Hero,” Arkansas Business Health Care Heroes
2017 “Effective Practice Award,” American Public Health Association
2017 Featured and Interviewed in “Telemedicine Helps Pregnant Women at Risk.” Betsy McKay, Wall Street Journal
2019 Hearst Population Health Prize Finalist