Office of the Chief Information Officer
Vice President for Information Technology
OCIO Extramural Activites
The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is the state’s academic medical center and part of its mission is to improve the health and well being of the residents of SC through various altruistic activities and projects. The MUSC Office of the CIO (OCIO) has and is heavily engaged in a number of technology related activities that provide significant benefit to the state and its residents.
Carolina eHealth Alliance (CeHA)--This is a Charleston based Health Information Exchange (HIE) for which Dr. Frank Clark received two rounds of grant funding ($3.5M) from The Duke Endowment to start this initiative. CeHA includes the four hospital organization in Charleston; MUSC Health, Roper/St. Francis, Trident/Summerville, East Copper and Charleston Naval Clinic. Current use case is ED Alert allowing emergency room physicians to access any patient information available on presenting patient across all member hospitals’ EHR’s.
eHealth Exchange--MUSC has on-boarded and is a charter member of the eHealth Exchange, the national healthcare network. Mark Daniels and his staff have led this effort.
MUSC/VA-- Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER). MUSC Health and the local VA hospital are exchanging patient information via the eHealth Exchange when VA patient is referred to MUSC Health for care. Mark Daniels and his staff have led this effort
MUSC/SSA--MUSC Health is exchanging “request for disability status” patient information with the Social Security Administration via the eHealth Exchange. Mark Daniels and his staff have led this effort.
Palmetto State Providers Network (PSPN--In 2009, Dr. Frank Clark received a grant for $8.5M in funding from the Federal Communications Commission to create a dedicated broadband healthcare network connecting rural healthcare providers across the state of South Carolina. Today, there are 140 hospitals and clinics, most rural, connected to PSPN with a minimum of 10MB of bandwidth each. There are numerous tele-health uses cases being delivered over PSPN. Dr. Roger Poston has led this effort.
South Carolina Light Rail (SCLR)-- The SC Light Rail is high speed broadband fiber optics network dedicated to research including healthcare research and education. SCLR links MUSC, USC, Clemson, Greenville Health Systems, Spartanburg Regional, and Palmetto Health. The Clemson, USC and MUSC CIO’s were successful in getting funding ($5.5M) from the SC Legislature to develop SCLR. Dr. Roger Poston serves as the Executive Director for the South Carolina Light Rail.
The MUSC Health Tele-Health Care and Training Center- In 2012, Dr. Frank Clark received a $920,000 grant from the Duke Endowment to create the MUSC Health Tele-Health Care and Training Center. This effort will allow MUSC to expand its tele-health program across the state of South Carolina. This effort is under development.