AI4QI Panel Session: Transdisciplinary Collaboration for AI4QI – Rapid AI Prototyping and Development for Patient Safety (RAPiDS) Grants Program

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 3:15 – 4:15 PM
Location: Asbury Hall A-B, Disney Yacht Club

Session Titles:

RAPiDS Grants Clinical Leads:

  • Improving Maternal Health by Addressing Social Needs – Adetola Louis-Jacques, MD
  • Using AI to Improve Key Patient Safety Indicators – Nicole M. Iovine, MD, PhD
  • MILK+: Maximizing Initiatives for Lactation Knowledge: An AI-Powered Solution for Breastfeeding Success – Helen Hu, MD
  • Patient Specific Maximum Surgical Blood Ordering Schedule – Keith Howell, MD

AI QI Incubator Team:

  • Tanja Magoc, PhD
  • Paul Nickerson, MS

Learning Objectives:

  • Quality Improvement
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Recognize challenges associated with integration of AI modeling into clinical practice
  • Describe potential ways in which AI can be used to accelerate QI initiatives


  • Patrick Tighe, MD, MS

About the Speakers:


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Adetola Louis-Jacques, MD

Adetola F. Louis-Jacques, MD, joined the University of Florida faculty in July 2021 as an assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Louis-Jacques is part of the UF Health Maternal-Fetal Medicine program and is passionate about breastfeeding medicine.

Before joining UF Health, Dr. Louis-Jacques was an assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology in the division of maternal-fetal medicine at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa. After earning her medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, Dr. Louis-Jacques completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology from the Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania, followed by a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine from USF.

She has been recognized by multiple organizations over the years for her dedication to medical education, research and patient care, including receiving the Scholar Award from the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine/American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Foundation from 2017-2020. She is a member of Human Heredity and Health in Africa, the International Society of Research in Human Milk and Lactation, the Society for Reproductive Investigation and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.


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Nicole M. Iovine, MD

Dr. Iovine is trained as both an Infectious Disease specialist and as an expert in innate defense against bacterial infection, with a focus on Gram-negative organisms.  As an Infectious Disease specialist, she is particularly interested in treatment approaches to multidrug-resistant Gram-negative infections.  As a researcher, she studies the innate defenses against these types of infections.

She has also studied emerging infections, such as chikungunya, Zika and seasonal influenza. She was engaged in two NIH-sponsored clinical trials for the treatment of seasonal influenza with immune plasma and triple therapy (ribivirin, oseltamivir and amantadine). Dr. Iovine was the Principal Investigator for UF site of the NIH-sponsored Adaptive COVID-19 Treatment Trials (ACTT), which identified remdesivir and baricitinib as important agents for the treatment of COVID patients. Most recently, she is the Principal Investigator for the UF site of the STOMP monkeypox clinical trial, and for the Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines clinical trials (ACTIV4a and ACTIV4d).


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Helen Hu, MD

Dr. Helen Hu is a neonatologist at the University of Florida College of Medicine. She graduated with Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) honors from the University of Florida College of Medicine, and went on to complete her Pediatrics residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She completed her Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center. A Gainesville native, she returned to the University of Florida and joined the faculty in the division of Neonatology in 2022. Her professional interests span simulation, resuscitation, and applying human factors to the NICU for improved clinical outcomes. She is the Director of the Neonatal Simulation Program. She also serves as a Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine specialist in the UF Maternal Fetal Care Program. Beyond clinical practice, Dr. Hu leads an AI-driven Quality Improvement initiative targeting enhanced lactation rates at discharge, showcasing her commitment to advancing neonatal care. She is dedicated to excellent and innovative approaches in training the next generation of neonatologists and to improving the care of critically ill neonates.


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Keith Howell, MD

Keith A. Howell, MD, joined the department of Anesthesiology at the UF College of Medicine in August of 2019 as an Associate Professor in the Division of Multispecialty Anesthesiology. He came from Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia Campus, where he was an Associate Professor in the Division of Acute Pain Management in the Department of Anesthesiology. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and he completed his Anesthesia Residency at the Medical College of Virginia after a Surgical Internship at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama.

Dr. Howell is a member of several anesthesiology organizations and has been involved in a number of research grants and contracts. He has also given several presentations at anesthesiology conferences and made numerous clinical contributions, including helping to improve the delivery of patient information to health care providers as a physician informaticist. In his free time, he enjoys fly-fishing and outdoor activities.


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Tanja Magoc, PhD

Dr. Tanja Magoc holds an MS in Mathematics and a PhD in Computer Science with focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI) from the University of Texas at El Paso. With years of experience applying advanced data analytics and AI methods to diverse academic and industry projects, she joined the University of Florida (UF) in 2017 where she has been providing data and technical support and guidance for various projects within UF Health. Dr. Magoc joined the Quality and Patient Safety initiative team at UF College of Medicine in summer of 2023, where she leads efforts to understand current opportunities to improve patient care and safety. Leveraging data-driven approaches, she strives to improve and innovate in the realm of patient care.


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Paul Nickerson, MS

Paul Nickerson stands at the intersection of artificial intelligence, engineering, and the life sciences, bringing forward-thinking research and innovative technical solutions to the forefront of healthcare. His academic contributions, particularly in applying AI to healthcare, have been recognized in multiple publications and conferences. He has successfully developed and launched numerous software products and applications in private and public industries. As manager of the Analytics team for the UF College of Medicine’s Quality and Patient Safety initiative, Paul leads efforts to develop and deploy QPSi’s custom AI models at UF Health, with an aim towards elevating patient care quality. In his free time, Paul applies his analytical and problem-solving acumen towards competing with friends in strategy board games.