Research and Grants

Several initiatives at The Signal Center are supported through grants and partnerships. Below are grants awarded to The Signal Center that help extend digital health services to patients across the state of Iowa using new technology, clinical efficiency or other creative ways to optimize health care access and delivery.

Iowa Department of Public Health
In the fall of 2016, the Iowa Department of Public Health funded a collaborative telehealth initiative for HIV prevention –TelePrEP. The telehealth service involves pharmacists, physicians, and public health professionals from the Signal Center for Health Innovation, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and the UI Health Care Departments of Infectious Disease and Pharmaceutical Care. The program combines secure video conferencing for in-home visits between patients and University of Iowa Health Care pharmacists, use of local labs, and medication delivery by mail, to expand HIV prevention across the state of Iowa, especially in rural areas. The goals of the TelePrEP program are to reduce the number of new HIV infections throughout the state over the next five years. Read more
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant
More than 55 rural Iowa health care locations will have the ability to connect to specialists at UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital thanks to a nearly $500,000 USDA DLT grant matched 107% by UI Hospitals and Clinics. The funds provide each facility with telemedicine equipment, software, and tech support to facilitate secure video connection and access to specialist care, medical education and clinical research between patients/providers in rural areas and specialists at UI Health Care. Read more.
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMMI) Award
Beginning in 2014, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics participated in a three-year, $7 million project to improve health care coordination between primary care and specialty physicians. Using e-consult and e-referral technology, the project improved communication and coordination between primary care and specialty physicians. Ultimately, the outcomes include improved quality of care, patient experience, specialist consults, and patient access to specialists, while reducing the overall cost of care. Read more.