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Healthcare Quality

Center of Economic Excellence




Award Amount

$5 million

External Funding Above Match

$18.3 million

Research Focus

Creating a unique and comprehensive clinical data store that collects data from providers, enhances data usability, and makes it available in an easily accessible form for participants to use for clinical improvement and research purpose.

University Partners

University of South Carolina 
Clemson University
Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)

Private Sector Partner

The Duke Endowment

This Center for Health Care Quality is working to improve the safety, effectiveness, and affordability of healthcare in South Carolina through applied medical research and state-of-the-art information technology. An objective for the Center’s research is to make healthcare research and delivery in South Carolina more efficient.

In 2009, the Center played an instrumental role in establishing the South Carolina Healthcare Quality Trust, a partnership between the Center, Health Sciences South Carolina, the South Carolina Hospital Association, and Premier, Inc. The goal of the partnership is to reduce healthcare associated infections. According to data provided by Premier, Inc., a reduction of infections could save South Carolina’s hospitals up to $40 million a year and reduce patient stays by up to 24,000 days. As causes are determined and preventive measures tested, the best practices for reducing infections will be shared with all 65 acute care hospitals in South Carolina.

In 2010, the Center worked with the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to host the South Carolina Health Information Technology (HIT) Summit, a series of meetings held to develop a single statewide HIT strategy. One goal was to explore ways to help all of the state’s physicians in adopting electronic medical records systems to enhance patient care. Highly successful, the summit attracted attendees from industry, insurance, hospitals, medical groups, and healthcare trade associations. As a result of this collaborative effort, the Center for Health Care Quality secured federal awards in excess of $10 million.

The Center is in the process of creating an electronic health portal and a clinical research organization, and has a partnership agreement with IBM and Siemens to assist with the formation of a statewide information technology infrastructure that will include a clinical data warehouse and clinical trials management systems. The Center has partnered with Collexis Holdings to form a database of biomedical research, the first in the United States.

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