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UBMD Internal Medicine offers advanced technology at new Conventus site

By Tracey Drury, Reporter
Buffalo Business First
May 1, 2017

UBMD Internal Medicine used the opening of its new office at Conventus to show off a new advanced technology it’s using with patients for early detection of heart disease and stroke risk.

The Kardia Pro device allows patients to use their smart phone to perform a 30-second EKG (electrocardiogram), with the results instantly transmitted and analyzed by physicians to determine heart irregularities and irregular palpitations in real-time.

It’s just one example of the new technologies in use that gives the practice an edge over competitors while offering advanced care to patients, said Dr. Anne Curtis, president & CEO of UBMD Internal Medicine and chairman of the department of medicine at the University at Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

“We’re one of the very few practices in the United States that are set up to do this,” she said. “We’re doing it and can enroll patients now.”

Curtis and UBMD have been using the technology for several years, and were among just a handful of practices nationwide to participate in clinical trials to determine how well it worked when compared to traditional heart monitors. The practice has also done some research with it and presented findings at conferences for other physicians.

Now the practice is looking at how to use it for screening for other conditions and giving patients another way to take an active role in their own health, she said.

“The more that patients take ownership of their own health through these apps, it’s only going to help,” Curtis said.

Though the technology was available at other practice sites, Curtis said the new space at Conventus will be the first time most of UBMD’s specialties will be located in one common space, allowing for better referrals and easier access for patients.

Internal Medicine (UBMDIM) is the latest practice group within the UBMD Physicians’ Group to open at the medical office building at the downtown Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. In March, the first two practices began seeing patients in the Conventus space: UBMD Neurology and UBMD Obstetrics-Gynecology.

The facility is directly connected to both the new medical school and the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, both set to open later this year.

The Conventus site represents the 17th practice location for UBMDIM. In conjunction with the opening, the practice will close its offices at the Buffalo General Medical Center, where it offered services in allergy, immunology and rheumatology from outpatient clinic space.

The new space will offer broader coverage, with care provided from 12 exam rooms and two testing rooms. With 135 physicians, the internal medicine group is the largest individual practice within UBMD, with physicians providing care in such areas as allergy, immunology, rheumatology, cardiology and electrophysiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology, internal medicine pediatrics and pulmonology.

UBMD expects to have 12 of its 18 practice groups operating from the site by later this year. UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine begins services on May 8, and will share four exam rooms with UBMD Neurosurgery, which will begin seeing patients later this year. UBMD Surgery begins providing vascular services, including vascular surgery and outpatient vascular labs, on May 17, shifting those services from Buffalo General.