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Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is the oldest medical school in the Southern United States. Today, MUSC continues its tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care, as it educates and trains more than 3,000 students and residents, and has nearly 11,000 employees, including 1,500 faculty members. MUSC operates a 750-bed medical center―MUSC Health―which includes a nationally recognized Children's Hospital, the Ashley River Tower (cardiovascular, digestive disease, and surgical oncology), and a leading institute of psychiatry. The medical center has more than 45,000 patient admissions, annually. In 2009, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health “One of America’s Best Hospitals” in seven specialty areas, with nearly 300 MUSC Health physicians making the prestigious Best Doctors in America list. In June 2011, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Medical Center to its list of 118 “Most Connected Hospitals” in the nation. MUSC was the only hospital in South Carolina named to the list, and the honor affirms it as a leader statewide and nationally in its use of electronic medical records (EMRs).”
Committed to delivering quality medical care, MUSC Health works to ensure that its nursing professionals have the tools that they require to optimize the time spent with patients. As such, MUSC Health recently focused on streamlining the clinical documentation process to minimize the amount of time that nursing staff members spend logging in and out of clinical applications as they move from patient to patient. MUSC Health, after considering several solutions, selected Oracle’s Sun Ray Clients and Sun Ray Software to meet its goals.
Rolling out the solution first to the organization’s new Ashley River Tower, MUSC Health nurses are already seeing important productivity gains. In addition, the IT team is benefitting from improved manageability. IT staff can now quickly update applications and apply critical patches from a central location, eliminating the need to individually update hundreds of individual PCs, and improving the security of applications and protected health data.
MUSC Health selected Oracle’s desktop virtualization solution, including Sun Ray Clients, based on Oracle’s reputation for successful deployment in healthcare organizations. Particularly important was the ability for nurses to move from one Sun Ray Client to the next without having to log out of a session, saving significant time over the course of a shift.