Tampa, Fla, is heading toward the electronic roadway for health care. USF Health, the University of South Florida's enterprise of researchers, teachers, and clinicians, broke ground in March 2006 on the first of its Centers for Advanced Healthcare. The $100-million project will include an initial infrastructure of $15 million of information technology to provide the foundation for safer, quality, outcome-driven health care. Furthermore, USF has partnered with and will become a national demonstration center for Allscripts. The partnership will allow patients to receive seamless care from multiple physicians who will have instant access to their health information electronically. The Centers for Advanced Healthcare will include 2 new buildings along with an existing clinical facility located on the USF Tampa campus.
"This goes back to the state giving us some money to build a medical education center, but moving that forward and saying let's work with the community, take that money, invest as much as we can into building a nationally prominent delivery system for how health care changes," commented Stephen K. Klasko, USF health vice president and dean of the college of medicine. "We will now create future health care leaders and a model that the rest of the country can come and look at and say, so this is how you deliver health care services."