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PSPN is a high-speed data network
created exclusively by and for South Carolina's healthcare
industry. PSPN is one of the largest and most advanced healthcare
networks in the United States and was created to provide medically
underserved South Carolina communities access to state-of-the-art
Health IT solutions, diagnostic tools and training. The use of
health-related applications over broadband can save lives, improve
care and lower costs.
Palmetto State Providers Network (PSPN) allows healthcare providers throughout the state to connect to the PSPN backbone network and exchange vital information over a dedicated Healthcare IT network. Through the use of a single PSPN network connection participants can securely exchange data with other PSPN Participants, access the Internet and a host of valuable services resulting in improved performance and, in many cases, at greatly reduced costs. Medical information can be exchanged in real-time for review by specialists in remote locations. Members are able to improve healthcare for the communities they serve even though patients may not have access to area specialists. Healthcare patient information, imaging and confidential video transactions can be exchanged in many cases without using the Internet and other less secure networks.
Want to learn more? Visit www.pspnsc.org
SCHIEx (pronounced SKY-eks), the South Carolina Health Information Exchange, is South Carolina's existing statewide HIE. It provides an innovative state-level information highway that enables participating health care providers to view a patient's integrated medical history, including medications, diagnoses, and procedures involving other participating providers. SCHIEx is not a statewide clinical data warehouse. Instead, it is a secure network that participating providers with certified EHR technology can use to locate and share needed patient information with each other.
SCHIEx helps providers make more informed clinical decisions at the point of care, and reduce duplication and potential errors by providing them with information on services previously rendered. SCHIEx helps consumers receive more coordinated health care, saving time and expenses associated with duplicate or unnecessary tests and medical visits, paperwork or treatment delays. Although SCHIEx can be an important tool in improving the quality of health care, a consumer can choose to "opt out" of having his or her health information exchanged through SCHIEx. Health care providers are required to notify patients that they participate in SCHIEx and provide them with information about opting out.
SCHIEx demonstrates compliance with national interoperability standards and will ultimately facilitate connecting to the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) as well as other states. SCHIEx is a public technology utility supported by the South Carolina Budget and Control Board's Office of Research and Statistics (ORS) and is governed by the Interim Governance Committee (IGC) that was established in 2009 by executive order. The IGC is a joint public and private entity comprised of representatives from health care provider organizations, non-profit research institutions, state agencies as well as a consumer representative.
Want to learn more? Visit www.schiex.org.