Curtis Lowery, MD, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and director of the Center for Distance Health, discusses how his practices utilizes technology to benefit patients.
How have you used technology in your practice to better your patients?
Well, in Arkansas we have a shortage of healthcare providers and when we started the program, there were only 3 internal medicine persons in the entire state. It was not possible to travel all over the state to even educate providers in any meaningful way. So we looked to technology as a solution.
The University of Arkansas was already doing telemedicine for education, but what we started doing is using the technology to provide high-risk consultations all over the state of Arkansas. We've been doing that since 2003 and each year it gets a little bit bigger. Now what we're doing is seeing patients in health department clinics and doctor's offices and hospitals and providing meaningful consultations to patients every day of the week and now we're expanding to after hours and weekends.