UBMD, UB’s 450-member physician practice plan, has received a $7 million grant from the New York State Department of Health HEAL NY initiative to implement a novel electronic records system to track and manage treatment of chronic kidney disease in real time, with the goal of reducing the number of patients in Western New York who develop end stage kidney disease (ESRD).
The project will be supported by additional major investments from CTG, the Buffalo-based global information-technology company, and UBMD. The total $28.9 million investment will create a software system that enables uniform sharing of electronic patient records across the UBMD practice, and which will identify in patients the health markers symptomatic of kidney disease and diabetes.
The project is expected to create approximately 115 new high-paying jobs in computer programming and data analysis in Buffalo at CTG and UBMD.
The principal investigator on the project is David L. Dunn, vice president for health sciences. Russell W. Bessette, associate vice president for health sciences and director of health information technology in the UB Academic Health Center, serves as co-investigator. Both are working in close collaboration with Bruce A. Holm, senior vice provost and executive director of UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences.