BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Michael Dell, president and CEO of Dell,
announced today the company is making a $15 million investment in
computer equipment and services to support launch of the University
at Buffalo's new Institute for Healthcare Informatics.
UB and Dell made the announcement at a news conference held in
the Roosevelt Building at 921 Main St., where the UB Institute for
Healthcare Informatics will be located as part of the Buffalo
Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC).
Dell's investment is critical to the creation of UB's Institute
for Healthcare Informatics and establishing it on the Roosevelt
Building's first floor. The 15,000-square-foot space will be
renovated to accommodate Dell's high-powered computers and 100
employees from UB, Dell, Buffalo-based technology company CTG, and
UB Associates, the management service organization supporting the
450 physicians in the UBMD medical practice plans. The project has
the potential to create approximately 115 new high-paying jobs in
computer programming and data analysis, and new entry-level
positions in medical records management.
Medical informatics is an emerging health care field centered on
using information technology to analyze and share patient
information among health care practitioners and across health care
institutions. Such analysis leads to better monitoring of patient
care, enhanced measures to prevent disease and identification of
more-effective treatments, which leads to better patient outcomes
and reduced medical costs.
Creation of the UB Institute for Healthcare Informatics will
help establish UB and the Buffalo region as a major hub for medical
informatics in the SUNY system, throughout New York State and
The UB institute initially will focus on sharing data among the
450 health care practitioners who participate in UBMD, said David
Dunn, MD, PhD, UB vice president for health sciences. The
institute's data analysis and records management resources
eventually will be extended to health care practitioners --
doctors, nurses, pharmacists, etc. -- throughout the region and New
"Creation of the Institute for Healthcare Informatics will
enable UB to attract additional millions of dollars in research
funding," said Dunn. "This funding will establish UB and Buffalo as
a national leader in medical informatics, leading to better patient
care and potentially producing hundreds of new jobs and new
businesses in Buffalo."
For Dell, the partnership with the UB Institute for Healthcare
Informatics advances the company's expansion into the health care
technology sector, with a focus on data-driven medicine. Dell's
partnership with UB builds on the company's fruitful relationship
with the university. Installation of new Dell high-performance
computing clusters in 2002 in UB's Center for Computational
Research, located within UB's New York State Center of Excellence
in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, enabled UB to nearly double
computing capacity for university research.
The UB Institute for Healthcare Informatics also is supported by
a $20 million "HEAL NY" grant received last week from the New York
State Department of Health. Under the grant, UB, working with
Sheehan Health Network, Erie County Medical Center and other local
health care systems, will use informatics to study and reduce the
impact of chronic diseases and addiction disorders in regional
Launch of the UB Institute for Healthcare Informatics is part of
UB's continuing expansion into downtown Buffalo under the UB 2020
strategic plan. Construction of the UB-Kaleida Health clinical care
and research building is nearing completion on High Street, two
blocks from the new UB institute, and UB last week broke ground for
construction of a new Educational Opportunity Center building on
Goodell Street in Buffalo.
The institute will have a statewide impact, as well. SUNY
Chancellor Nancy Zimpher said plans are underway for the UB
Institute for Healthcare Informatics to be a leading informatics
center within SUNY. SUNY's medical centers and university centers
will tap into the computational strength of the UB institute for
medical research and data management.
"With the generous support of Michael Dell, the UB Institute for
Healthcare Informatics will put UB and SUNY on the map as pioneers
of informatics education," said Zimpher. "By training students and
producing research in this cutting-edge technology area, this
center will help us realize SUNY's strategic goals in the areas of
health care and economic development."
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said establishing Buffalo and UB as
leaders in medical informatics is critical to Buffalo's future and
the emergence of a new, knowledge-based economy. The mayor noted
that relocating 100 employees to the Roosevelt Building, along with
the potential of creating an additional 115 new jobs, is precisely
the kind of development that will continue the revitalization of
the Main Street border to the BNMC.
"This is truly an exciting and critically important development
for the City of Buffalo, the University at Buffalo and the Buffalo
Niagara Medical Campus," said Mayor Brown. "Investing in the
knowledge-based economy, which has been made possible through the
continuing growth and success of the BNMC, is precisely what will
continue job creation and new opportunities for new initiatives
like the UB Institute for Healthcare Informatics. I am thrilled
that Michael Dell has confirmed the viability and benefit of this
venture by making such a strong commitment to its success."
Assembly Member Crystal Peoples-Stokes, who was instrumental in
securing the $20 million HEAL NY grant, said the new UB Institute
for Healthcare Informatics is a promising addition to the BNMC. "It
will create new jobs and educational opportunities in medical
records management for residents of Buffalo's East Side, including
residents near Sheehan Hospital and Erie County Medical Center,"
she said. Erie Community College plans to expand its associate's
degree program in medical informatics to feed UB and local
industry, and UB's Educational Opportunity Center is offering
training and education programs targeted to entry-level medical
records management jobs.
Russell Bessette, MD, UB associate vice president for health
sciences and principal investigator on the HEAL NY grant, will
serve as executive director of the UB Institute for Healthcare
Informatics. He said the new UB institute will produce a standard
way for health care practitioners statewide to share data, monitor
trends in patient care and access expertise from a network of
health care practitioners. This will help link rural or remote
health care practitioners with health care specialists who
otherwise would not be accessible to rural communities.
"I am honored to serve UB in this capacity and most of all to
participate in a dynamic public/private partnership that will
improve the public health," Bessette said. "Combining the strength,
experience and investment of Dell with the research capacity of UB,
Western New York stands to benefit in job creation and economic
Bessette noted that a $7 million HEAL NY grant to UBMD in 2009
laid the groundwork for the institute's electronic records system,
a project also supported by major investments by CTG, and an
additional $10 million from UB, UB Associates and UBMD.
Through its collaboration with UB, CTG has expanded into the
medical informatics industry over the past two years and has hired
more than 100 employees; this growth is expected to continue.
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public
university, a flagship institution in the State University of New
York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's
more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through
more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree
programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of
the Association of American Universities.