Vanderbilt & Duke Awarded Moore Foundation Grant to Improve Oversight of AI Tech in Health Care Systems

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and Duke University School of Medicine have been awarded a $1.25 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for the project “Measuring Artificial Intelligence (AI) Maturity in Healthcare Organizations.”

Working with the Coalition for Health AI (CHAI) and the University of Iowa, a team of experts will leverage the grant to develop a maturity model framework. The project leads are Peter Embí, MD, MS, and Laurie Novak, PhD, MHSA, from VUMC and Michael Pencina, PhD, and Nicoleta Economou, PhD, from Duke.

This framework will outline the essential capabilities that health systems must establish to ensure they are well prepared for the trustworthy utilization of AI models.

“The promise of AI for improving health and health care is great, but there is currently a wide gap between promise and reality,” said Embí, professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation at VUMC.

“This work will produce new tools and capabilities that our health system needs to ensure that we select, deploy and monitor health AI to make health care more safe, effective, ethical and equitable for all,” he added.

“Our team at the Vanderbilt Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) has a long tradition of scholarship on technology and organizations, starting with Dr. Nancy Lorenzi, who paved the way for an informatics focus on workflow and management. We’re very excited to work with our partners at Duke, the University of Iowa, the Coalition for Health AI and the Moore Foundation to build an empirically supported maturity model for healthcare AI,” said Novak, associate professor in DBMI and director of Vanderbilt’s Center of Excellence in Applied AI.

Read more in the VUMC Reporter!