Pittsburgh Regional Autonomous Patient Safety (RAPS) Initiative

To establish Pittsburgh as a global hub for developing autonomous patient safety technologies, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) and Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI) are launching 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, catalyzing the RAPS Initiative in 2022. This program 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 regional entrepreneurship and business community to spur an innovation ecosystem and economy for healthcare safety.

The Pittsburgh RAPS Initiative also aims to knit 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 with Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Digital Health Innovation on their Initiative for Patient Safety Research, and the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Biomedical Informatics’ Medication Error Avoidance at Region Scale.

To learn more about the RAPS initiative, please reach out to Robert Ferguson at ferguson@jhf.org.