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12 Questions to Determine How "Open" ECG Management Vendors Are

Posted by Russ DeRemer on June 24, 2014 at 4:51 PM

From the President’s Desk:

As more vendors open their ECG Management systems to support modality worklists to third-party cardiographs, there are questions you may want to ask to determine how “open” their systems really are.

Does the vendor provide the same functionality for third-party cardiograph ECG data as they do for their own? Epiphany does not sell devices and treats all vendors’ ECG data equally.

Do the ECGs from third-party vendors support: 

  1. Serial comparison reporting?
    Epiphany - Yes                                        Vendor?
     
  2. Electronic calipers and re-measuring intervals (e.g.,STEMI and QTc)?
    Epiphany - Yes                                        Vendor?
     
  3. Reformatting ECG layout?
    Epiphany - Yes                                        Vendor?
     
  4. Changing the rhythm strip?
    Epiphany - Yes                                        Vendor?
     
  5. Adjusting the gain?
    Epiphany - Yes                                        Vendor?
     
  6. Modifying filters?
    Epiphany - Yes                                        Vendor?
     
  7. Viewing at a 50mm sweep speed?
    Epiphany - Yes                                        Vendor?
     
  8. Removing pacemaker artifacts?
    Epiphany - Yes                                        Vendor? 
     
  9. Do these capabilities apply to legacy data that has been migrated?
    Epiphany - Yes                                        Vendor?
     
  10. Is the modality worklist functionality embedded in the system? (rather than provided by a third-party vendor)
    Epiphany - Yes, embedded                       Vendor?
     
  11. Who provides support for the modality worklist technology?
    Supported by Epiphany                            Vendor?
     
  12. Does the modality worklist functionality require additional server technology?      
    Epiphany - No                                         Vendor?

Epiphany is committed to promoting open systems and interoperability. Discover why Epiphany is preferred when choosing an ECG management vendor that supports modality worklists.

  

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Topics: interoperability, legacy ECG data, modality worklist, ECG management system, ECG data, interoperable

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

Implementation of Cardio Server: Paper-Based versus Digital Migration

Posted by Allison Fawber on January 4, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Whether your hospital or clinic has been managing digital diagnostic test results for years, or you are just now thinking of going digital with an ECG Management System, Epiphany has a process for implementing Cardio Server to suit your needs.

Paper-Based:

If your institution is currently storing diagnostic test results in a patient folder or scanning them directly into your EMR without an electronic signature, consider Epiphany’s PDF Naming Wizard.

This feature, which was a customer’s idea originally that we then implemented, offers a suite of workflow productivity tools associated with scanning in paper reports. With Epiphany’s Naming Wizard you can:

Doctor viewing Patient Records
  • Import and categorize PDF studies for a variety of different diagnostic test results including ECG data

  • Electronically import and assign patient demographic information via ADT or an orders feed

  • Assign studies to a physician or physician group

  • Access studies from virtually anywhere using a standard web browser

  • Compare new studies to previously captured patient studies including ECGs

  • Enable physicians to view and add interpretations and electronically sign a report prior to sending the result to your EMR

  • Reporting capabilities for quality assurance and process improvement

Epiphany works with you to ensure that this process is accurate and organized. If your hospital does not want to scan in old studies with the PDF Naming Wizard, your physicians can simply view the new digital study on Cardio Server and compare it to the previous, paper study.


Digital ECG Migration:

Doctor using Cardio Server

For hospitals with an existing ECG management system, we can digitally migrate your legacy ECG data into Cardio Server. Epiphany extracts ECGs from the source ECG management system, processes the data, then loads processed ECGs into Cardio Server making it available for visual comparison and Epiphany’s Intelligent Serial Comparison. 

ECG comparison is important because it helps show the reading physician how an ECG study has changed from the previous one. Most Epiphany customers that had already owned an ECG management system request a migration, since the ECG data is already digital.

For more information on implementation for a paper-based or digital migration of ECG data, leave a comment below and your question will be answered promptly. 

Topics: Intelligent Serial Comparison, scanning studies, legacy ECG data, scanning test results, PDF Naming Wizard

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