The division of pediatric epidemiology conducts population based research on children's health issues, collaborating with faculty in clinical research, and providing an infrastructure and shared resources for clinical research, data base management and statistical analysis.
We are committed to improving the health of women and children, to sustaining an academic environment which encourages teaching and research, and to working collaboratively with other members of the health care team. We are involved with many departments at MUSC, local community services, state institutions, and national and international investigations in addressing issues of maternal and child health care.
The division currently oversees an integrated patient information system which includes:
- The Perinatal Information System (PINS)
- The Pediatric Transport Information System (MEDUCARE)
- The Newborn Developmental High Risk Follow-up Clinic Data System (FOLLOWUP)
The data contained in these systems encompass the events and clinical experiences of maternal and child outcomes from the onset of pregnancy until discharge from developmental pediatrics care.
Additionally, the network services in the division serve as a repository for multiple hospital, local, state, and national data sets, such as:
- MUSC hospital data (KEANE)
- Ancillary MUSC data systems (SMS, Oversite, Practice Partner, OACIS)
- South Carolina Vital Records and South Carolina hospital discharge records
- United States vital records, outpatient, inpatient, and emergency room data.
The intent of housing these data sets is to provide the quality data necessary to support physicians, researchers, students and administrators in endeavors surrounding health care status and program evaluation. The quantitative and qualitative collection, analysis, and use of data are critical for effective problem solving and fundamental to the development of an infrastructure dedicated to solving health care problems. Data analysis is a central component of efforts to identify health needs, to design appropriate program interventions, to manage and evaluate those interventions, and to monitor progress toward achieving the goals of MUSC Children's Hospital and its collaborators.
MUSC Department of Pediatrics
Division of Epidemiology
Rutledge Tower, Second Floor
135 Rutledge Avenue, MSC 566
Charleston, SC 29403