July 25, 2014

First-of-its-kind statewide database aims to lower health costs

Health Sciences of South Carolina CEO Jay Moskowitz unveiled Clinical Database Warehouse Monday. (File photo)

Health Sciences of South Carolina CEO Jay Moskowitz unveiled Clinical Database Warehouse Monday. (File photo)

A statewide health care database aiming to lower costs by making health care more efficient for South Carolinians launched Monday.

Health leaders say the project is the first joint database of this scope for the Palmetto state.

Health Sciences South Carolina, a biomedical research collaborative, runs the Clinical Database Warehouse with its partners, which include University of South Carolina, Palmetto Health, and Clemson University.

Health Sciences CEO Jay Moskowitz said the warehouse was seven years in the making and, now that it’s up, S.C. patients could see a reduction in costs and a reduction in making trial-and-error health care decisions.

“We follow the patients over time so we can see the impact of the treatment or whatever the providers orders were,” Moskowitz told South Carolina Radio Network.

Although newly unveiled, the current database has more than 23 million diagnoses already.

“You can look at groups of people and see, well, at the age of 20 this drug works great, but at the age of 70 … the drug is not working. That will save a lot of money in the healthcare system,” Moskowitz said. “Understanding which of the treatment regiments is more successful would eliminate the trial and error that sometimes takes place … you can through this study of large populations of people move away statistical errors and really understand what the best example of treatment is.”

Patients will remain anonymous in the database and consent for participation will still be needed, Moskowitz said.