Marcia M. Ward, PhD

Director, Rural Telehealth Research Center

Phone: 319.384.3815
Fax: 319.384.4371
Email: marcia-m-ward@uiowa.edu

Department of Health Management and Policy
University of Iowa
105 River Street, N200 CPHB
Iowa City, IA 52246


Current Projects - (2)


Completed Projects - (7)

  • Collecting and Analyzing Data on a Uniform Set of Measures from the Evidence-Based Telehealth Network Grant Program Grantees
    The primary purpose of this project will be to routinely collect and analyze data on a uniform set of measures reported by the EB TNGP grantees to help establish the evidence base for tele-ED.
    Research center: Rural Telehealth Research Center
    Topics: Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Hospital Flexibility Program, Telehealth
  • Designing a Study for Collection of Uniform Measures by the EB TNGP Grantees
    The purpose of this project is to design study concepts whereby the EB TNGP grantees will be able to collect data on a uniform set of measures to help establish the evidence base for tele-emergency.
    Research center: Rural Telehealth Research Center
    Topic: Hospitals and clinics
  • Launch of a Study for Collection of Uniform Measures by the EB TNGP Grantees
    Once study concepts are vetted, protocols will be developed and this project will launch a study where the EB TNGP grantees begin to collect data on a uniform set of measures to help establish the evidence base for tele-ED.
    Research center: Rural Telehealth Research Center
    Topic: Hospitals and clinics
  • Provide Guidance on Measures for the School-Based Telehealth Network Grant Program Evaluation
    RTRC will work cooperatively with FORHP to provide guidance on a set of measures that could be used for a cross-grantee evaluation of the SB TNGP. A secondary goal is to identify lessons learned from this effort that could be useful in designing future TNGP cooperative agreements.
    Research center: Rural Telehealth Research Center
    Topics: Quality, Telehealth
  • Quality of Surgical Care services in Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs)
    This project builds on prior work examining rural residents’ bypass behavior of their local CAH to hospitals outside their community. Using recently identified inpatient surgical procedures that are commonly performed in CAHs, we will examine and compare outcomes (e.g. post-surgical complication rates, adverse events) of these procedures between CAHs and non-CAHs.
    Research center: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
    Topics: Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Hospital Flexibility Program, Hospitals and clinics
  • Use of Telehealth to Deliver Services to Rural People and Implications for Public Policy
    This project analyzes national datasets to examine the extent of use of inpatient telehealth services, organizational factors contributing to use, and payment and other policies that limit uptake. This project will identify approaches that could aid spread of this effective delivery approach throughout rural service areas.
    Research center: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
    Topics: Health information technology, Health policy, Networking and collaboration, Technology, Telehealth
  • What Factors Explain Rural Residents Seeking Care Outside of the Rural Community?
    This project will examine factors that explain rural residents seeking care outside of the rural community.
    Research center: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
    Topics: Health services, Hospitals and clinics

Publications - (9)