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The Heart of Our Mission Is Research: The Clinical Data Warehouse

February 7, 2012

Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC) has been working for the past three years to establish a statewide clinical data warehouse (CDW) system as part of its mission to improve the health of all South Carolinians. Currently, the CDW has data for 1.15 million patients from member institutions.The data being loaded includes demographics, diagnoses, procedures, labs, and medications. Based on current plans, Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC) will have data loaded from the present hospital members by the end of 2014. Although the CDW has been deployed for research purposes, the architecture supports secondary uses for the aggregated or non-aggregated data including clinical data marts that individual members could deploy for their unique purposes. Clinical data marts are an example of the optional services that HSSC can provide, which leverage the information architecture. The architecture is designed to protect the security and privacy of all patient data.