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UCSF’s Versa Generative AI Platform Is Now Available

  • Author: Tanya Jansen

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Versa, UCSF's secure generative artificial intelligence (AI) platform, is now available across the UCSF enterprise. Launched in August 2023, the platform is approved for use with UCSF data while offering a safe and protected environment for faculty, staff, and learners to leverage generative AI technologies. Versa keeps the data inside UCSF and complies with HIPAA requirements. The platform consists of two products – Versa Chat and Versa API:

  • Versa Chat is a web interface that allows all users to engage in interactive conversations with large language models such as GPT-3.5 and GPT-4. Versa Chat is free by request to anyone at UCSF. 
  • Versa API, intended for programmers and researchers, extends Versa Chat's capabilities by providing tools to automate tasks and process large datasets. UCSF IT partially subsidizes the use of this API. Please see Versa pricing for more information.

Learn More About Versa and UCSF’s Generative AI Product Roadmap

Check out the Versa information page to learn more about the platform and UCSF's generative AI and Versa roadmap. UCSF IT continues to investigate additional AI utilities for use at UCSF, such as ChatGPT Enterprise, CoPilot, Grammarly, and Zoom AI Companion. We will provide updates as new developments become available. 

Complete Required Training and Request Access

After completion of this required 10-minute online training course, Versa Chat and Versa API are available, by request, to all faculty, staff, and learners with a email address and network login or VPN for remote users. To explore all AI training materials, visit Training, Courses, Consults & Communities | AI@UCSF.

UCSF Data Protection Policy with Large Language Models (LLMs)

See UCSF’s Data Protection Policy about using LLMs.


See our Versa FAQs (VPN required). For further support, please contact [email protected].