Tampa, Fla, is heading toward theelectronic roadway for health care. USFHealth, the University of South Florida'senterprise of researchers, teachers, andclinicians, broke ground in March 2006on the first of its Centers for AdvancedHealthcare. The $100-million projectwill include an initial infrastructure of$15 million of information technologyto provide the foundation for safer,quality, outcome-driven health care.Furthermore, USF has partnered withand will become a national demonstrationcenter for Allscripts. The partnershipwill allow patients to receiveseamless care from multiple physicianswho will have instant access to theirhealth information electronically. TheCenters for Advanced Healthcare willinclude 2 new buildings along with anexisting clinical facility located on theUSF Tampa campus.
"This goes back to the state giving ussome money to build a medical educationcenter, but moving that forwardand saying let's work with the community,take that money, invest as much aswe can into building a nationally prominentdelivery system for how healthcare changes," commented Stephen K.Klasko, USF health vice president anddean of the college of medicine. "Wewill now create future health care leadersand a model that the rest of thecountry can come and look at and say,so this is how you deliver health careservices."