AI & Sepsis: How Can It Inform Bedside Care? & Pastoral Care and the Septic Patient

Session Descriptions: 

This activity includes two sessions from the Sepsis Alliance Summit to meet the minimum time requirement for nursing CE credits.

AI & Sepsis: How Can It Inform Bedside Care?

Timely recognition, diagnosis, and treatment are key components for improving sepsis morbidity and mortality. By leveraging tools such as predictive analytics, machine learning, and clinical decision support, artificial intelligence (AI) can serve as an adjunct for bedside clinicians in the early detection of sepsis. During this session, the multi-disciplinary panelists will discuss ways in which AI can inform and support frontline bedside care, early recognition, and evidence-based treatment. 

Pastoral Care and the Septic Patient

Despite its prevalence in health care settings, numerous misconceptions and misunderstandings remain about chaplaincy.  During this session, participants will gain greater awareness of the full role and scope of chaplaincy to include: the training and education requirements of chaplains, how chaplains provide spiritual and emotional support to patients and how spirituality impacts health care. This session will also feature a Case Presentation of a septic patient who truly benefitted from spiritual care provided from a chaplain. 

These sessions were originally presented in September 2021 as part of the 2021 Sepsis Alliance Summit.

Target Audience

Nurses, Advanced Practice Providers, Physicians, Emergency Responders, Pharmacists, Medical Technologists, Respiratory Therapists, Physical/ Occupational Therapist, Social Workers, Mental Health Professionals, Students, IT Professionals, Sepsis Survivors, Advocates, and more! 

Learning Objectives

At the end of the presentation, the attendee should be able to:

AI & Sepsis: How Can It Inform Bedside Care?

  • List the ways in which AI can be leveraged across the healthcare continuum of care.
  • Describe the benefits of AI in risk prediction, early recognition, and timely treatment of sepsis. 
  • Understand the challenges of AI in sepsis care. 
  • Review the socioeconomic and health disparities affecting AI implementation and use. 

Pastoral Care and the Septic Patient

  • Discuss the training and education of chaplains.
  • Explore the role and use of chaplains in health care settings.
  • Examine the impact of spirituality on health and the practice of spiritual treatment.
  • Review a septic case presentation.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.75 Participation
  • 2.10 RN CE Contact Hours
    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

AI & Sepsis: How Can It Inform Bedside Care?


Infection Control Officer, Jefferson Health New Jersey

Dr. Cindy Hou is an infectious diseases specialist and serves as the Infection Control Officer for Jefferson Health New Jersey and Jefferson Medical Group. Locally, she is the physician lead for the hospital’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee, Infection Control Committee, Infection Prevention Task Force and Sepsis on the Floors Task Force. In 2018, she was the recipient of a national award as a Hero of Infection Prevention in Patient Safety from the Association of Professionals in Infection Control (APIC), and she has served on the Advisory Board as well as the Board of Directors of the Sepsis Alliance. Dr. Hou graduated from Yale University. She received her MA and MBA from Boston University, and D.O. from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is fellowed by the American College of Osteopathic Internists, the American College of Physicians, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. 

Tanuj K. Gupta, MD, MBA

Vice President, Cerner Intelligence, Cerner Corporation

As a VP of Cerner Intelligence, Dr. Tanuj Gupta focuses on providing clinical and strategic guidance across the population health organization. He actively collaborates with clinical intelligence, solution development and client facing teams to lead design, development and client partnership conversations. Tanuj received his medical degree from Northwestern University, a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Boston University, and an MBA in finance from Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Alvin D. Jeffery, PhD, RN-BC, CCRN-K, FNP-BC  

Assistant Professor, Nursing and Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University

Dr. Alvin Jeffery is an Assistant Professor with the School of Nursing and the Department of Biomedical Informatics. He recently completed a Medical Informatics Post-Doctoral Fellowship with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Nashville, TN. He has a background in pediatric critical care nursing and as a staff educator at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Jeffery focuses on the design, development, and evaluation of probability-based clinical decision support tools. He leverages machine learning and data science techniques for developing prediction models, and he incorporates qualitative methods for exploring how to implement CDS tools within nurses' cognitive and physical workflows. Dr. Jeffery has been elected to serve a 3-year term (2020-2023) on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. 

Vincent Liu, MD, MS

Research Scientist, Kaiser Permanente Division of Research

Vincent Liu, MD, MS, is a research scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research. His work focuses on the intersection of sepsis, acute severe illness, informatics, and health care delivery with a goal of building towards a learning hospital system. Dr. Liu is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine, and Clinical Informatics. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from New York University. He completed his residency training at New York University Hospitals (Bellevue) and a chief residency at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He also completed a pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship and has master’s degrees in Health Services Research and Biomedical Informatics, both from Stanford University. In addition to his clinical practice and research, Dr. Liu is also the Regional Director of Hospital Advanced Analytics in Kaiser Permanente Northern California, a role in which he leads the development & implementation, deployment, and evaluation of real-time EHR-based risk prediction models across KP’s 21 hospitals. 

Pastoral Care and the Septic Patient

Rev. Moneka A. Thompson, M.Div., BCC

Chaplain, UAB Medicine

Rev. Moneka A. Thompson is an ordained minister in the AME Zion (African Methodist Episcopal Zion) Church.  She completed her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Alabama State University in 1998 and worked with several organizations in Montgomery, AL. She completed her Master of Science in Justice and Public Safety from Auburn University at Montgomery in 2001 and worked in corrections and reentry programs in North Carolina. She received her Master of Divinity from Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury, North Carolina (2007) and completed her Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) internship and residency training at Emory University Center for Pastoral Services, Atlanta, Georgia (2007-2008).  During her time at Emory, she trained with the Hematology and Oncology patient populations, learning how to offer pastoral support to persons with terminal and debilitating illnesses. She began her journey with UAB Medicine in March 2009 as the Oncology Chaplain and became a Board Certified Chaplain in October 2011 with the Association of Professional Chaplains.  From January 2013 to December 2014, she served as a Program Manager with the IMCCP program, which is based out of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.  In 2015, she became the Staff Chaplain assigned to the Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital, where she primarily sees oncology patients. In May of 2019, she was awarded a Medical Excellence Award by UAB Medicine. This award is given to healthcare professionals who embody exemplary core values, service and outstanding care. In December 2019, she completed her Master of Counseling degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She graduated after completing a Counseling Internship with the UAB Community Counseling Clinic, which utilized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Family Systems Theory to assist clients grappling with traumatic histories, struggling with depression and overwhelmed by anxiety. 


Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068 for 2.1 contact hours.

Other healthcare providers will receive a certificate of attendance for 1.75 contact hours.

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Available Credit

  • 1.75 Participation
  • 2.10 RN CE Contact Hours
    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068.
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This activity includes the following for each session:

  • Pre-test
  • Slides to download (Pastoral Care and the Septic Patient only)
  • Pre-recorded webinar
  • Post-test
  • Evaluation

All components must be completed for each session to earn a certificate of attendance. This course can be completed at your convenience.