Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC) was established in 2004 as the nation's first statewide biomedical research collaborative. Today its members include six of the state’s largest health systems—Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center, Palmetto Health, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, McLeod Health, AnMed Health, and Self Regional Healthcare—and the state’s largest research-intensive universities—Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina, and the University of South Carolina. The collaborative was formed with the vision of transforming the state's public health and economic wellbeing through research. It also is committed to educating and training the health care workforce.
HSSC provides financial support to 12 South Carolina Centers of Economic Excellence, which are led by world-class researchers. Research conducted in these centers is leading to new products and services with the potential to improve public health while creating economic development opportunities and new jobs in the state.
HSSC has engaged partners to address issues such as health care quality and patient safety and is leading an effort to develop a statewide strategic plan for e-health. HSSC is in the process of developing a statewide health information technology infrastructure to support research and improve patient care. These efforts have attracted investment from government funding sources as well as private foundations and corporations that share our vision.
HSSC and its partners are working hard to make good health possible. We invite you to explore our website to learn more. If you have questions or would like more information about our organization and our efforts, please contact us.
The mission of Health Sciences South Carolina is to support our members in improving the health of all South Carolinians by collaborating across the state of South Carolina with the goal of enabling evidence-based research.
HSSC will achieve this by:
Creating a unique and comprehensive clinical data store which collects data from providers, enhances its usability, and makes it available in an easily accessible form for participants to use for clinical improvement and research purposes;
Developing and deploying information management tools that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of each member institution's research processes, including the ability of researchers across South Carolina to collaborate;
Serving as a convener for the identification, preparation, development, and implementation of innovative, collaborative research initiatives which have the potential for improving the health of South Carolinians through evidence-based biological and clinical research informed by care givers, patients, and providers.
Through its role as a collaborative organization, HSSC will engage and encourage its members to create and develop new products, new jobs, and new industries that positively impact economic growth; contain and reduce health care costs; minimize health care disparities; improve patient safety and effectiveness; improve access to health care services; and improve the patient care experience.
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