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Nov. 9 - Agreement With UPMC

Contact: Teresa Thomas
Carnegie Mellon University

Wendy Zellner
UPMC News Bureau

Carnegie Mellon and UPMC Sign Research Agreement
To Develop Advanced Health Care Information Technologies

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) have signed a five-year, $10 million agreement for sponsored research in computer science, engineering, robotics and other advanced technology areas related to health care. Building upon UPMC's long-standing and highly successful partnership with the University of Pittsburgh in the health sciences, this new collaboration is expected to combine the strengths of all three institutions to create innovative health care solutions.

Given Carnegie Mellon's leadership in science and engineering and UPMC's expertise in health care, the partners see obvious synergies between their organizations in developing new health care technologies. For example, they plan to look at ways to make more reliable and efficient use of health care information. Because UPMC is a national leader in the application of innovative technologies and processes to deliver high-quality patient care, it provides a setting to test the many emerging technologies developed at Carnegie Mellon.  

The partners also expect to explore projects involving technology-enhanced training and simulation; secure, ubiquitous communication and access to health care information; business process management and optimization; medical robotics; and medical-image processing and other related research areas. 

"The promise of this agreement is tremendous. We believe that this partnership will help provide our researchers with the opportunity to develop new technologies and transfer them quickly into practice. This arrangement allows us to expand on our considerable strengths in information technology, robotics, engineering, design and life sciences. Our scientists also will gain insight into some of the problems and challenges that are among the greatest concerns in health care today," said Carnegie Mellon Provost and Senior Vice President Mark S. Kamlet. 

"Both UPMC and Carnegie Mellon have a strong commitment to research and development that technology innovation demands," said Dan Drawbaugh, chief information officer at UPMC. "I am confident that the UPMC/Carnegie Mellon alliance will result in world-class health care technologies and solutions." 

Specific projects will be identified as the formal collaboration begins in January 2007.