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Cardio Server Replaces Cerner’s Powerchart and Delta Regional is Delighted

Posted by Lisa Wolfenbarger on November 1, 2017 at 10:42 AM

A Letter to Wally Pruitt, Implementations Director at Epiphany Healthcare from Mitch Ainsworth, PACS/Radiology Systems Administrator at Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville, MS

Wally,

Now that we are a couple of weeks into our go-live, I feel like I can take a moment to catch my breath and put my thoughts on paper about our implementation experience. Epiphany was tasked with implementing Cardio Server in a very short time frame. We communicated our aggressive time-line requirements; the Epiphany team heard our needs and was able to implement Cardio Server to meet them. 

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The team you assembled for this project was the best I have ever worked with. Bob Sturgill was instrumental in keeping the Epiphany team, as well as the DRMC team, on task to meet this deadline. Bob went above and beyond by scheduling time with just he and I to ensure certain milestones were met on time. Bob leaned on his contacts from Mortara to aid in integrating the stress and Holter systems with Cardio Server. Victor Villafaña worked tirelessly with our interface architect to ensure stable HL7 integration with Meditech. Victor also accommodated several changes just prior to go-live and a few optimizations after go-live. The trainer was exceptional as well. Tammy was well prepared to ensure we did not skip a beat while transitioning from Cerner Powerchart ECG to Cardio Server. During a very stressful time for our organization, Tammy kept both the ECG techs and physicians calm and focused while learning the new system.

The professionalism and work ethic of all involved from Epiphany should be commended. I never once felt that we were just another number on a sales sheet.

Your staff made the DRMC team feel as though we were part of a bigger team. The entire team was focused on effectively implementing a system that would aid in how we care for our patients as an organization. The Epiphany staff seemed as vested in this endeavor as we were. I have been involved in several other implementations that did not go so well. Other vendors we have worked with put their best people in sales. After the sale, the customer experience was terrible. From conversations with other colleagues, this seems to be the norm these days. Epiphany deserves to be applauded on this project. From sales to post-live support, it has been a wonderful experience. I feel sure there are a few people that I failed to mention but I appreciate their work on this project too. 

It is not often that the customer is treated as well as we were by Epiphany and you deserve to be praised for it. We are very satisfied with the quality of the system and how smoothly the system was implemented.

Thank you and your entire team at Epiphany for the hard work and dedication during this project.

Kudos to Epiphany!

Mitch Ainsworth.jpg Mitch Ainsworth RT(R)(CT)(ARRT)
PACS/Radiology Systems Administrator
Delta Regional Medical Center
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About Delta Regional:

Founded in 1953 and based in Greenville, Mississippi, Delta Regional Medical Center is a 325-bed facility that is recognized as the leader in the delivery of quality care in the area. Delta Regional Medical Center’s purpose is to provide high quality medical services to the citizens and communities in the Tri-state Delta Region at the lowest practical cost and be a leader in providing needed support services to healthcare providers and patients to improve the health of the communities they serve.

Topics: happy cardio server customer, Cardio Server testimonials, Customer satisfaction

How a #1 Nationally Ranked Hospital Overcame its PFT Workflow Woes with Pulmonary Server [Case Study]

Posted by Lisa Wolfenbarger on December 13, 2016 at 1:45 PM

Kevin McCarthy, retired Manager, Pulmonary Function Laboratories at Cleveland Clinic, talked with us about implementing Epiphany to manage PFT studies across their hospital organization. Kevin recalled: 

I directly managed over twenty full pulmonary function laboratories at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus and outpatient clinics. In addition, we had eight hospital-based pulmonary function laboratories within our system. While the laboratories I managed were able to generate a preliminary report electronically within minutes of
test completion, the interpretation process was paper-based because we could not find software that would manage the process efficiently. 

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The laboratories at the eight regional hospitals had a workflow that ended in a paper report and an inefficient interpretation process. This process resulted in the final, signed paper report being scanned into the electronic medical record, sometimes with deferred turnaround times.

When we saw the Epiphany PFT product it appeared that it represented a means to incorporate a standardized process that would result in consistent test results across the health system. We began a workflow analysis and, with the help of the Respiratory Therapy Managers and Pulmonary Function Technologists at the main campus and each regional hospital, we embarked on a process that standardized the pulmonary function order lists, appointment names, procedures, reports and interpretation of test results. When this was completed, we had consistency in the pulmonary function testing process across the health system. 

Epiphany provided the tool that allowed interpreting physicians to have easy access to the tests (access from any workstation within the health system) and an efficient means of applying a standardized interpretation and electronic signature, completely eliminating the paper process. We were successful in meeting our goal of a 24 hour turnaround time for getting interpreted tests into the patient’s electronic medical record.

 

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Cleveland Clinic’s Workflow Challenges Before
Pulmonary Server:

  • Complete reliance on a paper-based reporting process at some sites

  • Multiple software applications required for different vendors

  • Varied ordering and scheduling processes across the health system

  • Varying testing procedures across the health system

  • Multiple reporting methods for test results

  • Delays in interpretations reaching the EMR

  • Labor-intensive, multi-step interpretive processes involving scanning and paper 

Kevin looked at the test interpretation software of all of the PFT hardware manufacturers in use across the health system and considered implementing a hardware change throughout their entire system.  When he learned that Epiphany had adapted its software from Cardiology to PFT, Kevin decided to see exactly what Epiphany’s Pulmonary Server had to offer. Kevin concluded: 

The bottom line is this: I saw that it was not necessary to standardize the hardware of the testing devices as all of the devices could generate a PDF report electronically and this is presented to the interpreting doctors.  I thought, “Yes, this is really what I envisioned.  Physicians had rapid and easy access to Epiphany from any workstation in the system, the PDF reports took only a few seconds to present to the physician, and the user-interface was simple to learn and use.”

 

After Implementation of Epiphany Software: 

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  • Standardized PFT orders
  • Standardized PFT scheduling
  • Standardized PFT procedures
  • Standardized PFT reports
  • Preliminary report immediately after test completion including flow-volume and volume-time tracings
  • Final interpreted report within 24 hours of test completion
  • Easy access to interpretation queue
  • Standardized interpretive statements
  • Ability to trend or review prior test results
  • Compliance with the international recommendations for interpretive strategies (incorporation of the lower limit of normal in the reports and interpretation)
  • Freedom to select a vendor at will for future purchases or replacements 

Cleveland Clinic now has four different PFT vendors integrated with Epiphany and the EMR, so they are no longer tied to any specific vendor. This flexibility gives them the freedom to select a vendor for future purchases or replacements that best meets the needs of the intended laboratory site.

Reflecting on the improvements that Epiphany brought to Cleveland Clinic, Kevin stated: 

Pulmonary Server helped us standardize practices across the health system. Epiphany was able to tailor the software to meet the specific needs of our hospitals.

About Cleveland Clinic:

Located in Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit, multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. U.S. News and World Report ranked Cleveland Clinic as #2 in the Nation for Best Hospital, #1 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery, and #3 in the Nation for Pulmonary Services. Today, with more than 1,400 beds on Cleveland Clinic’s main campus and 4,450 beds system-wide, Cleveland Clinic is one of the largest and most respected hospitals in the country.

Topics: EHR, clinical workflow, EHR systems, electronic health record management, pft, pulmonary function testing

7-Year Streak: Epiphany Healthcare Again Ranked Number One in ECG Data Management Software by KLAS

Posted by Lisa Wolfenbarger on February 8, 2016 at 10:23 AM

Epiphany Healthcare is delighted to announce that Cardio Server was again named “KLAS Category Leader” for ECG Data Management in the 2015/2016 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services report.

This year’s award marks the seventh sequential year that Epiphany’s Cardio Server has been named number one by KLAS. The KLAS report recognizes the software and service organizations that excel in helping providers deliver better patient care. 

Hearing that we are the KLAS Category Leader for the seventh year is an exciting moment for the Epiphany teams,” states Kelli Sudduth, VP of Professional Services at Epiphany. “Customer service is one of our most important goals as a company; this award reinforces how we continue to progress each year. We work every day to ensure the highest level of service to each customer. Whether a client is a community hospital or in a large IDN market, each one is important to us and managed as such. This recognition is a true representation of the company’s commitment to our customers.”

Cardio Server outscored GE MUSE as 2015/2016 Category Leader for ECG Data Management Solutions.

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“2015/2016 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services,” January 2016. © 2016 KLAS Enterprises, LLC. All rights reserved.  www.KLASresearch.com.

Steve Fetrow, VP of Engineering at Epiphany had this to say when he heard the news: “Seven years as a KLAS Category Leader is an incredible honor. But we really have to thank our customers for being the inspiration for all that we have accomplished. Since founding the company twelve years ago, we have listened carefully to customers as they described problems handling test results. Those pain points became product ideas for 15 different diagnostic tests and vendors. Today we are being honored for ECG Management, but there is so much more.”

About Cardio Server:

Epiphany’s Cardio Server is a web-based management system that receives, manages, and exports diagnostic test results to the EHR. Cardio Server is vendor-neutral and communicates with over 125 devices from over 45 vendors. Physicians access and edit ECG and other diagnostic test results from anywhere with a standard web browser. Cardio Server provides easier integration since it accepts data from 15 different modality types such as PFT, stress, Holter, patient monitors, and more. Since Epiphany consolidates individual device interfaces to the EHR, Cardio Server is also a cost-effective solution.

About Epiphany Healthcare:

Epiphany Healthcare simplifies diverse clinical workflow using one consolidated EHR interface. Since Epiphany's Cardio Server is an ideal solution for integrated delivery networks, the number of installations has nearly tripled since Epiphany received their first KLAS award in 2009. Now with over 700 hospital customers in the US and abroad, Epiphany is committed to serving its customers’ needs through product innovation, the delivery of exceptional service, and an unwavering dedication to interoperability. Discover why Epiphany is the preferred provider when managing multi-vendor, multi-modality diagnostic test data.

About KLAS:CL_logo_2015.png

KLAS is a research and insights firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by amplifying the provider's voice.  Working with thousands of healthcare professionals and clinicians, KLAS gathers data and insights on software, services, and medical equipment to deliver timely reports, trends and statistical overviews. The research directly represents the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance. Follow KLAS on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KLASresearch.

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Topics: Cardio Server, KLAS Category Leader, KLAS Research, ECG Data Management, diagnostic test result, EKG management, Best in KLAS

Buyer’s Guide 3:  Cardio Server — Resolve Your Healthcare Billing Challenges

Posted by Lisa Wolfenbarger on December 16, 2015 at 1:38 PM

Electrocardiograms are one of the most prolific examinations in a hospital. They may not be complicated to perform but the sheer number of them make ECGs a challenge to manage, particularly in hospitals working with paper-based ECGs.

We hear repetitive grievances from managers of paper-based departments. They typically state problems that relate to lost revenues from the ECGs as well as other study types. Problems include:

  • Late physician over-reads that delay billing;
  • Weekend/holiday orders and over-reads that get lost with weekend/holiday staff; and
  • Human error in processing studies resulting in missed charges and duplicate billing.

Epiphany has solved these problems for dozens of formerly paper-based hospitals. Here is how it works:

  • Configure Epiphany’s Cardio Server with orders, results, and billing modules;
  • Orders come to Epiphany from your EHR and match to completed studies using patient ID, first name and last name;
  • Completed studies promote to an unconfirmed queue for physicians to read;
  • Physicians read from anywhere at any time versus only in the Cardiology Department;
  • When they confirm the study, a result message automatically goes to the EHR along with a completion message that automatically goes to the billing system.

hospital_billing_statement.jpgBy having access to Cardio Server from anywhere, hospitals eliminate late physician over-reads; this happens daily and on weekends/holidays. By automatically linking orders to billing messages, human error in manual billing is eliminated; hospitals using Epiphany’s automated billing module no longer miss charges or double bill—they capture previously lost billing.

Additionally, we customize the billing workflow to your requirements. For instance, some of our customers want to separate technical from professional charges. We accomplish this by flexible triggers. In the separation instance, we trigger the technical charge once an order is linked to a study and promoted to the unconfirmed queue. The study is then read by the physician and confirmed. The physician’s confirmation triggers a second charge, the professional charge. (To learn more about Epiphany’s HL7 integration for automated billing, see our blog: “HL7 Integration Developments – Technical Charges, Professional Charges, and Credits.”)

On top of all the billing problems we solve, our formerly paper-based customers save money in the labor required to manually process ECGs. Many of them save enough money in the first year to pay for the entire system and enjoy the benefits of reduced labor costs forever. This also applies to other modality types, e.g., Holter, stress, PFT, and more. (See our blog: “Inefficient Paper Process Weighing You Down? Let us Analyze Your Workflow!”)

If you would like to improve efficiency and save money at your hospital or hospital system, contact Epiphany Healthcare today for a demonstration and see what Cardio Server can do for you!

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Topics: Cardio Server, Epiphany's Cardio Server, reduce costs, ECG, hospital billing, paper-based hospitals, healthcare billing challeges, healthcare billing, duplicate billing, healthcare workflow efficiency, automated billing

From the President’s desk: "Outrageous ECG Management Support Costs"

Posted by Lisa Wolfenbarger on May 30, 2013 at 11:03 AM

In the last couple of weeks I have had the chance to speak with cardiology department managers in three different hospitals. All three accounts are in the process of replacing their legacy ECG Management Systems with Epiphany. As you read the anecdotes below, please remember that Epiphany’s support agreement is 24/7/365 and includes lifetime software upgrades. Also, Epiphany has been rated as best in KLAS for the last four years in customer support; MDBuyline has rated us a best customer support in ECG Management in 2012. 

The first hospital was a medium sized community medical center with a total of 12 cardiographs. Their support agreement was expiring and they wanted to be sure that we would have our system up and running before the expiration date. I asked them what the renewal cost would have been from their legacy vendor. The answer shocked me, "$252,000 for a 5-year contract”. This hospital’s contract from Epiphany is $47,880 for the 5-year support agreement

I was on a conference call with a second hospital finishing up the terms and conditions on a contract to replace their legacy ECG Management system. They are a small rural hospital with only 6 cardiographs. We were discussing our support charges and I asked what they were paying for their current contract? Their answer was more disturbing than the one above. “We can’t afford their contract and are on the pay as you go program”. How much was the contract for a small rural hospital with 6 carts? $232,000 for 5 years! This hospital is on Epiphany’s support agreement at a total 5 year charge of $27,360.

My final comments are regarding a university medical center. They have over 50 cardiographs and are replacing everything in a phased approach. The 5-year support agreement renewal for their legacy system was $306,000. This was a major reason they decided to find an alternative vendor. Epiphany’s 5-year support agreement for this medical center is $132,000.

As healthcare tightens its collective belt you may be looking for savings. If any of the legacy support system cost examples seem familiar; I encourage you to ask us how you may be able reduce your ECG Management system lifecycle costs. 


Russ DeRemer
Founder & CEO 

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Topics: Epiphany Cardio, KLAS Category Leader, ECG Data Management, legacy ECG data, Lifecycle Expenses, alternative vendor, Support Costs, reduce costs, Epiphany support, Epiphany's support agreement, Cardio Server Support, ECG management

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