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2014 AAMC GIR Conference: Poster Session

This year’s AAMC GIR Conference had an agenda that was jam packed with presentations, workshops, forums, and special keynote speakers from the academic medicine community. Attendees were treated with a flood of information and innovative ideas that they could absorb and implement back at their organization or university. Attendees were also treated with a flood of the best BBQ in Nashville.

Various topics such as MeSH categorization, data governance, data warehousing, and the rapid evolution of EMR’s were just a few of the talking points that were addressed at the conference. Along with those talking points, the 2014 AAMC GIR Conference is an initiative to once again, “challenge participants with novel approaches to how we think about, manage, and deliver information to support the nexus of academic and clinical knowledge building.”

What appears to be a crowd favorite is the Poster Session Reception which was designed for attendees to circulate around all of the different poster presentations in a loose Q&A environment. This allocated a perfect time for everyone to interact, socialize, and pick each other’s brains on subject matters that could benefit their overall organizational goals. Below are a few posters that our USF Health IS Team presented at the Poster Session Reception…take a look!  


 Resource Challenges Faced by Practice Management

“My schedule doesn’t allow time for administrative duties”, “With overheads so high how can we contribute to the bottom line?”, “We need another faculty member, everyone’s schedule is full!”. Do you hear these questions frequently? USF Health IS worked with practice plan management to find answers using our data warehouse.

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Revolutionizing Standardized Patient Programs Using 3D Virtual World Simulations

USF Health’s Virtual Standardized Patient (VSP) program has a single objective: to provide medical and pharmacy students with patient encounters in a virtual environment, in an effort to better prepare them for real-world patient encounters. By creating fully immersive, interactive 3D environments, and combining them with an adaptive artificial intelligence algorithm, USF Health students experience a virtual simulation of an authentic patient encounter. By humanizing and personalizing the virtual patients, students will be able to learn how to adapt to different patient personalities which is an important trait for communication in healthcare. The opportunity to engage with virtual patients will make for a much more accessible curriculum and allow students to make a smooth transition when communicating in a real world medical setting.

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Should We Go Virtual? A Unified View of Providing a Consistent User Experience Throughout a Thriving Academic Health Center

The diversification of data and application access needs in the user population continues to expand, and the demand on technology resources rise as a result. The need for a consistent technology experience for both internal and external users can be accomplished by leveraging the cloud and internal IT innovations.

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An Agile Approach to Homegrown Budget Software

‘Agile’ has been quite the buzzword around the IT community and business environment as of late. So what exactly is this so called Agile approach that so many companies have been adopting lately? Well, USF Health released a customized all-source budgeting application called BudgetPlus last year. The system integrated financial and human resource systems data to replace the old spreadsheet budgeting method, but there was still a need to deliver a more efficient and fluid development process. Agile was introduced to emphasize a more focused approach, pair programming, case analysis, prototyping, focus groups, and customer collaboration to in an effort to deliver the homegrown budget software.

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