Opportunities to collaborate with UAMS in the development of emerging digital health technologies

Presented by
  • Fred Prior, PhD
  • Kevin Sexton
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    Fred Prior, PhD

    Professor and Chair - UAMS Department of Biomedical Informatics

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    Kevin Sexton

    UAMS Associate Chief Clinical Informatics Officer

    Opportunities to collaborate with UAMS in the development of emerging digital health technologies

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    In January 2019, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) established the Institute for Digital Health & Innovation (IDHI). The vision of the IDHI is to eliminate health care disparities in Arkansas and abroad through digital health and healthcare innovations which embrace technology that improves the access to and the quality of clinical care, education, and research. The IDHI works in conjunction with the UAMS Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI). The DBMI focuses on the education of the next generation of biomedical informaticists as well as the development, validation, and utilization of emerging information technologies and computational tools to assess and manage medical and public health information for patient care and research programs. At this session, Dr. Kevin Sexton, who co-directs the Division of Healthcare Analytics in the IDHI, and Dr. Fred Prior, who is the Chair of DBMI, will provide an overview of the IDHI and DBMI, respectively, with an emphasis on how emerging digital health technologies, such as mobile health apps, wearable devices, and predictive data analytics, are transforming the healthcare industry and how you may participate. A brief discussion will follow to explore how small businesses can serve as catalysts of innovation in the digital health sector through collaborations with UAMS.

    About Fred Prior, PhD

    Fred Prior, PhD, is the inaugural chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at UAMS. Dr. Prior served as the Electronic Radiology Laboratory director in the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He is also director of the Center for High Performance Computing, which he created and supported with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as well as associate director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and a research professor of radiology.


    About Kevin Sexton

    Kevin W. Sexton, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, the Department of Biomedical Informatics, and the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). He also serves as Associate Chief Medical Informatics Officer for Innovation, Research, and Entrepreneurship at UAMS and co-directs the Division of Healthcare Analytics in the UAMS Institute for Digital Health and Innovation. Dr. Sexton’s clinical focus is general surgery and his administrative focus is on developing technologies for market. He spends 80% of his time on evaluating healthcare technologies for implementation, co-development opportunities, and novel market potential for UAMS. Dr. Sexton has received research honors from the Association of Academic Surgery, the Society of University Surgeons, and the Association of Veteran Administration Surgeons, and has a history of extramural funding from the Department of Defense, Venturewell, and other organizations. As an entrepreneur, Dr. Sexton helped create the technology for CredenceHealth Inc which was sold to ACS (a Xerox Company) and is now being marketed as Midas + Live. Following this endeavor, he founded Medvisory, a private healthcare consulting company focused on algorithm and application creation.