Health Sciences South Carolina Selects Recombinant Data Corp. and Sun Microsystems for a Statewide Translational Research and Quality Improvement Initiative

Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:00am EDT

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COLUMBIA, S.C. & NEWTON, Mass.--(Business Wire)--
Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC), today announced that it has selected
Recombinant Data Corp. and Sun Microsystems, Inc. to collaborate on the Health
Sciences South Carolina Integrated Platform for Research (HS-SCIPR), an
unprecedented statewide initiative for translational research and quality
improvement. The HS-SCIPR program supports the mission of HSSC to improve the
health status and economic wellbeing of the residents of South Carolina.

The resulting capabilities will help providers collaborate on care and quality
improvement initiatives through Health Information Exchange (HIE) and attract
new investigators and investment by bio-pharmaceutical companies focused on
improving patient care. The initiative spans the state`s largest research
universities and healthcare systems including:

* Clemson University
* Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center
* Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
* Palmetto Health
* University of South Carolina
* Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

The HS-SCIPR program is supported by innovative technologies already in
development at HSSC, including the Research Permissions Management System, a
portal that provides data privacy and governance controls for individual
patients. Led by Jay Moskowitz, PhD, and Iain Sanderson, MSc, FRCA, it enables
patients to search for and enroll in clinical trials, restrict access to their
information and receive notification of future clinical trials for which they

"HSSC is committed to putting the patient at the center of the HS-SCIPR
priorities. We are working to improve the health and wellbeing of the citizens
of South Carolina and trust is the critical element," stated Sanderson, chief
medical information officer of HSSC and leader of the HS-SCIPR project. "With
HS-SCIPR we are establishing a data framework to support interoperability and
research starting with an Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) and a clinical
research data warehouse (CRDW). We chose Recombinant and Sun because of their
proven ability to deliver these components and strong commitment to open
architectures that put patients first."

HSSC has contracted with Recombinant Data Corp. to integrate and support an open
source technology stack that combines Sun`s Java CAPS 6 with the Informatics for
Integrating Biology and the Bedside (i2b2) and caBIGĀ® clinical research
frameworks. Sun Java CAPS 6 components being leveraged include Master Data
Management (based on Project Mural), GlassFish ESB and HL7 messaging, in
addition to the LifeRay portal, all running on Sun hardware. The CRDW will be
based on Recombinant`s Data Trust healthcare warehouse featuring an EMPI that
will link patient records across systems into a single record. i2b2 and caBIGĀ®
tools will be deployed to provide a workbench for researchers to access clinical
information from the repository through an IRB approval workflow and clinical
trial recruitment processes managed through the consent portal.

"HSSC`s adoption of i2b2 and commitment to integration with related open source
tools is helping to establish the constellation of integrated projects for
translational research. The extension of these tools and the population
associated with this project helps i2b2 fulfill our translational research
mission to bridge clinical research data and basic science research," stated
Isaac Kohane, MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics, Harvard Medical School,
Children`s Hospital Boston, and principal investigator of i2b2.

HSSC selected Recombinant and Sun for their domain expertise and technology in
commercial open source healthcare solutions. The use of open source enables HSSC
to work in partnership with multiple Clinical and Translational Awards (CTSA)
sites, leverage the efforts of shared innovation, and share new technologies
developed through NIH grants and system improvement projects with peer
organizations. The commercial open source support provided by the two software
companies ensures that the choice of open source includes commercial enterprise
class products that are reliable, indemnified, supported, and secure.

About Health Sciences South Carolina

Established in April 2004, Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC) is a statewide
public-private collaborative of universities and health systems possessing the
shared vision of using health sciences research to improve the health and
economic wellbeing of South Carolina. HSSC includes Clemson University, the
Medical University of South Carolina, the University of South Carolina,
Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center, Palmetto Health, and
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. For more information, visit

About Recombinant Data Corp.

Recombinant provides leading-edge data warehousing and clinical intelligence
solutions to healthcare providers, academic medical centers, and life sciences
researchers to deliver higher quality outcomes, accelerate personalized
medicine, and lower costs. Our team of industry veterans is focused on improving
the flow of reliable data to power clinical and research applications in a
secure, compliant environment. For more information about Recombinant`s products
and services, visit

Recombinant Data Corp.
William Stetson, 617-243-3700

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