In June, the University of Florida College of Medicine announced a new artificial intelligence-enabled Quality & Patient Safety initiative, or QPSi. The goal of the initiative, backed by $10 million annually in state funding, is to “create an institute that will drive innovations that improve quality, patient safety, health care efficiency and workforce development by harnessing the University of Florida’s computational strength in AI and resources such as HiPerGator, one of the fastest supercomputers in American higher education.”
As part of this initiative, a Quality and Patient Safety Academy has been created with collaboration from the College of Education. François Modave, Ph.D., professor of AI and associate chair of research for the Department of Anesthesiology, will serve as the assistant dean for the academy as well as an experiential fellowship program. The academy aims to offer health care providers in Florida and across the nation a range of courses on implementation science, quality and patient safety, biomedical informatics, AI and data science, leadership, and more.
“I will be working with faculty across the college to identify and develop courses relevant to quality and patient safety in modern, evidence-based medicine,” said Modave. “The most exciting aspect of the QPSi is to have the possibility to truly change how care is delivered effectively, efficiently and with a better experience for our patients, all centered around the appropriate use of AI. I think this will lead to truly personalized care, in a safe environment, leading to much-improved health outcomes and patient satisfaction.”
Congratulations, Dr. Modave!