Foundation for Objective Rural Telehealth Evaluation Center

The Foundation for Objective Rural Telehealth Evaluation (FORTE) Center is directed by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Institute for Digital Health & Innovation, which will evaluate telehealth practices to promote rural adoption and support among policymakers and providers.


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About the Research Center

The FORTE Center's research portfolio encompasses the evaluation of digital health solutions from efficacy and financial perspectives. In effect, these evaluation findings give rural providers a roadmap to weave these ideologies and technologies into their practice while giving policymakers key points needed for focus and funding to advance telehealth in rural America.

The FORTE Center's focus is to evaluate the financial viability of small rural hospitals and the overall access to, and quality of, health care in rural areas, including for behavioral health. The Center will establish and maintain a clearinghouse to collect and disseminate information on rural health care issues and innovative approaches to the delivery of health care in rural areas, specifically through the use of digital health.