LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Members of the University Physician Associates (UPA) Information Systems Department are under one roof for the first time, following a move to Med Center Three, the headquarters of Nucleus, a business and economic development enterprise at the University of Louisville, designed to support innovative and entrepreneurial research and development in science, medicine and information technology.
“Moving UPA’s information systems department to Nucleus is important for establishing a single information technology platform for UPA and will doubtlessly create more efficiency within the system,” said Gerard Rabalais, M.D., chair of the board of directors for UPA and chair of the department of pediatrics at UofL.
“We expect the new platform to be transformational and it’s fitting that the system will be implemented at Nucleus, whose vision and strategy match closely with what UPA is striving to achieve.”
UPA’s information systems department had been spread out in three locations, so the move puts the majority of the staff – 20 in all – together in one space, creating a team environment. The group will benefit from an expanded training center in the new facility as well as modern conference rooms. They will be located on the second floor of Med Center Three, which has state-of-the-art information technology infrastructure already in place, as it is also home to the UofL information technology server room as well as a data node that provides network services to a large part of the surrounding community.
“Biomedical informatics is an extremely important component of our mission to see Louisville become a premier biotech destination,” said Vickie Yates Brown, president and chief executive officer of Nucleus. “The UPA information systems department is moving the field forward by implementing an enterprise software system, including electronic health records, for use by all 460 medical school physicians, which will be linked to University Hospital information systems.”
Members of the UPA information systems staff now located at Nucleus include systems administrators, software support technicians, application analysts and help desk staff members.
The mission of Nucleus is to fully integrate all assets of UofL, including life sciences, with those of the region to leverage their strengths for University academic enrichment and for community economic development. Its vision is the transformation of scientific discoveries from the mind to the logistics of the marketplace to improve the physical and economic health of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.