Posted on Jul 28, 2021

USF Health College of Nursing, Edgility partner to tackle digital innovation in nursing

USF Health College of Nursing, Edgility partner to tackle digital innovation in nursing

A new partnership between USF Health College of Nursing and Edgility Cognitive Healthcare will train nursing students and faculty to make the best use of technology across their careers in patient care and research.

The program called “Health Re-Imagined: The Digital Incubator” will provide training modules to teach nursing students and faculty how to take on some of health care’s biggest challenges by incorporating proven technology into finding solutions. The program goes beyond simply providing information about the latest technologies available, and is more about teaching them how to use design thinking and problem-solving skills to incorporate technology into solutions.

The added skill set will help nurses in the workforce to have a stronger understanding of how technology can enhance patient care and improve patient safety and outcomes, said Usha Menon, dean of the USF Health College of Nursing and senior associate vice president of USF Health.

“I challenge all of us to become more involved in this type of innovation,” Dr. Menon said. “We have a generation of digital savvy nurses conversant with technologies, and we should capitalize on these strengths to bring the best possible experiences to our patients, families and communities.”

In addition to the training, the program will provide symposiums and continuing education courses that will provide students the opportunity to interact with experts, get personalized feedback from course facilitators, and learn from seasoned practitioners. Nursing faculty and students focusing on research and evidence-based practice will have the opportunity to examine concepts and real-world applications through consultations and student internships with an industry partner.

Looking ahead, a symposium titled Disruptive Digital Transformation in Nursing will be held on October 14. Dr. Peter Pronovost, chief quality and clinical transformation officer for University Hospitals, has been announced as the keynote speaker.

This program will empower the next generation of nurses to use their own digital expertise and lead the discussions that define the solutions, said Elizabeth Jordan, senior associate dean of assessment and evaluation for the USF Health College of Nursing.

“We need to help nurses think differently about the care they provide,” Dr. Jordan said. “Who better to lead these efforts in health care operations than nurse leaders? Nurses best understand how to integrate existing EMR systems and additional technology advancements into their day-to-day work, and this new program will create opportunities for nurses to gain even higher levels of digital preparation and a deeper specialization in innovative technology.”

Edgility is an outcomes-centric data platform and technology company that works closely with hospitals and community practices to optimize technology to improve health outcomes. Through this collaboration, the “Health Re-Imagined: The Digital Incubator” program will support three areas for the USF Health College of Nursing: differentiated learning experiences across the College’s curriculum, an eco-system to maximize innovation and research by bringing experts together with students and faculty, and nursing leadership and collaboration that will drive digital transformation into the College’s impactful research.

The College’s new relationship with Edgility creates a contemporary model for a public-private partnership, said Edgility founder and CEO, Balaji Ramadoss.

“Nursing is America’s most trusted profession,” Dr. Ramadoss said. “Our partnership with USF Health College of Nursing pairs that trust with a modern digital platform enabling nurses to solve the stubborn problems in our health care system.”

Lisa Meyer, MSN, RN, NE-BC, and Chief Outcomes Officer at Edgility, said she believes nurses are vital to solving this persistent healthcare problem.

“We believe Edgility’s cognitive data platform combined with a human-centered design transforms nurses into digital leaders, a critical step toward elevating healthcare systems,” she said.

Story by Sarah Worth, USF Health, and Jessica Samaniego, USF Health College of Nursing