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University at Buffalo-Led Health Care Team to Help Jamaica Fight HIV and HCV

June 20, 2014

This article was reported by the University at Buffalo.

The University at Buffalo (UB) News Center reported that UB faculty and Buffalo business leaders are heading a team that will lend its expertise to assist the Jamaican government in its fight against HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV). The first project will be to use current initiatives in UB's Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences' (CBLS) Patient Safety Organization to transition paper medical records in a regional hospital to a national electronic medical record system.

The Jamaican Information Service reports that nearly half of the country's approximately 32,000 HIV-positive residents do not know they are infected. Streamlining records is a key objective to study and treat the diseases.

The UB program is based on similar successes of an education and research training program in Zimbabwe, led by Gene D. Morse, PharmD, with the UB CBLS. "The overarching goal of this new collaboration is to bring Buffalo expertise in healthcare systems to an academic, business, government partnership that will promote healthcare, education, technology, and business development in Jamaica and Western New York," says Morse. The collaboration will train young scientists in laboratory sciences and HIV implementation research.

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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