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South Carolina Company Developing Cost-Saving Healthcare IT

Lola Jordan
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Regardless of the uncertainty surrounding healthcare, one thing is certain, costs are continuing to go up.  Which is why many companies are developing ways help those in the healthcare industry get their costs under control.  Some of that technology is being built in Columbia, South Carolina, a nationally recognized hub for the healthcare IT industry.

Mike Switzer interviews Lola Jordan, president of Companion Data Services in Columbia, SC.

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.