Have you read the latest about two University of Louisville big dogs? David Dunn, the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs and Russell Bessette, Associate Vice President for Health Affairs, are knee-deep in a fun lawsuit.
Here you go:
Two doctors who were major players during the heyday of the UB 2020 craze are now suing the State University of New York at Buffalo and the SUNY Research Foundation for attempting to steal intellectual property.
Dr. Russell Bessette, former UB associate vice president for health sciences (and executive director of the Institute for Healthcare Informatics), and Dr. David Dunn, former UB vice president for health sciences, both left UB in 2011—part of a mass exodus that included former UB president John Simpson. Dunn took a position at the University of Louisville as executive vice president for health affairs in July, and then welcomed Bessette as associate vice president for health affairs at U of L in December of that year. Like UB, the public University of Louisville has its own strategic plan, called, you guessed it, “The 2020 Plan: A blueprint for continuing on our path to national prominence.” They’ve been doing a lot of groundbreaking and construction around their medical school. Synergy, innovation, the whole bit. It’s like a parallel universe. But then, there are more than 70 universities in the US and around the globe using the “2020” moniker to label their various strategic plans.
“The use of informatics is essential to allow health care providers, health systems and health-insurance plans to work together to increase access to higher quality health care at lower cost. Dr. Bessette’s proficiency in this area will help us as we face a tumultuous time in health care and academic medicine,” Dunn was quoted as he welcomed his colleague to his new post in Kentucky.
They are now partners in a new venture called Health DataStream, Inc. (HDS), a Delaware corporation with its principal place of business located in Louisville.
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Because it’s sure to get even more exciting.