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To establish Pittsburgh as a global hub for developing autonomous patient safety technologies, the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI) and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation have launched the Regional Autonomous Patient Safety (RAPS) Initiative.

Pittsburgh has the potential to lead the way as a global hub for developing autonomous patient safety technologies. The RAPS initiative will build on the region’s exceptional resources, such as AI and robotics leadership; the breadth and depth of health sciences research and education at the region’s universities; and the region’s rich entrepreneurship and business community to spur an innovation ecosystem and economy for healthcare safety.

The Pittsburgh RAPS Initiative is knitting together Pittsburgh’s regional assets to spark collaboration and connection to build a new industry focused on developing autonomous patient safety solutions. Two key funding partnerships have been established through grants in 2022, to Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Digital Health Innovation for their Initiative for Patient Safety Research and to the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Biomedical Informatics’ Medication Error Avoidance at Region Scale study.

The next steps, supported by funding from the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, include:

  • Creation of a Seed Grant Program for teams in the Pittsburgh region that are developing, testing, or adopting an autonomous solution to prevent medical errors
  • Development of an economic analysis to capture the region’s potential for becoming a global hub for autonomous patient safety solutions
  • Creation of a series of “Patient Safety R&D Salons” in response to the ideas raised during breakout sessions at the RAPS Launch Event

Read: RAPS Launch Event highlights

Watch Joe Kiania's Keynote from the Pittsburgh RAPS Launch Event on February 24, 2023.

Read: Overview of the RAPS initiative

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