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HSHS Chooses Epiphany for 13-Hospital Enterprise ECG Management System

Posted by Allison Fawber on April 8, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) is a multi-institutional health care systemHospital Sisters Health System that sponsors 13 hospitals in 12 communities across Illinois and Wisconsin. When considering new technology for its 13 hospitals, HSHS has historically used a “best-of-breed” approach to select devices at each site.  In recent years, they are migrating to an integrated information system and enterprise solution for the 13 sites. Epiphany’s Cardio Server was chosen as the enterprise-wide ECG management system for HSHS. doc-csmobile

“Our IT solutions can be leveraged across multiple hospitals, allowing us to replicate and enterprise our solutions to a central management strategy,” states Kevin Groskreutz, Division CIO at Hospital Sisters Health System in Western Wisconsin. HSHS pulled together a cross-functional team of physicians and directors in the Cardiovascular line, looked at what devices the hospitals within HSHS were currently using, and chose Epiphany’s Cardio Server as an enterprise solution for ECG management.

“One of the major components for choosing Epiphany was the ability to manage a multiple modality integration into our enterprise solution. The transition to the Epiphany model was a fairly easy one. It really allows for much more integration than we had before with previous vendors who were much more proprietary in this aspect,” Kevin adds. “We have less IT architecture to maintain with Epiphany. We have the various EMRs from different sites integrated through one single solution. And on the clinical side, leveraging a consistent workflow is important. For example, if I am a provider at St. John’s and also practice at another hospital, I can walk in and my workflow is the same from one hospital to the next. It just gives a consistency of operations between our facilities.” 

“Our facilities also range drastically in size. St. John’s is a large teaching hospital and trauma center and then we have sites that are critical access hospitals. Levels of complexity and workflow are much different between different sized locations like that. Epiphany has been able to match workflow at a very complex teaching hospital and manage their needs, as well as make workflow as efficient at a small critical access hospital.”

When considering Epiphany’s Cardio Server in comparison to other solutions on the market, Kevin mentioned that HSHS considered Epiphany to be much more economical to own and operate. As an organization, they’ve gained a substantial ROI from migrating to Epiphany. Kevin concludes, “I have been very happy with the project management component while working on this migration. I’d give them an A+ in project management and implementation services.” 

About HSHS
Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) is a health care system comprised of 13 hospitals and an integrated physician network serving communities throughout Illinois and Wisconsin. HSHS’ vision is to bring together elements of today’s fragmented health care delivery system, provide superior value to patients and promote efficiency. The HSHS Care Integration initiative is the blueprint for achieving that vision and as part of that initiative, Hospital Sisters Health System is building partnerships with a variety of providers with a strategy to unify key components of health care delivery in our Illinois and Wisconsin communities—using technology and relationships to link patients, providers and care facilities. Visit or call (217) 523-4747 for more information.

About Epiphany Healthcare
Founded in 2004, Epiphany’s mission is “to simplify the collection and management of diagnostic test results”. With over 900 hospital customers in the US and abroad, Epiphany is committed to serving its customers’ needs through product innovation and the delivery of exceptional service with an unwavering dedication to driving open systems. Discover why Epiphany is preferred when managing multi-vendor, multi-modality diagnostic test results. 

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Topics: Epiphany Cardio, enterprise medical systems, multiple enterprise software, multiple hospitals, ECG Data Management, workflow for physicians, Epiphany customers, ECG management

Cardio Server Shared by Multiple Hospitals within an Enterprise System

Posted by Allison Fawber on September 7, 2011 at 3:32 PM
Epiphany offers broad flexibility to enterprise medical systems with multiple hospitals.

Multiple Hospitals sharing healthcare IT systems usually have diverse legacy devices and cannot afford the typical proprietary solutions that start with replacing working devices from various manufacturers. Epiphany is compatible with 100+ devices from over 40 vendors, supporting 15 diagnostic modalities.

Our customers have also shared with us that in multi-site systems each hospital needs to be able to define their own flexible workflow. Epiphany supports:  

  • The ability to adjust Cardio Server to fit different workflow preferences for each site in a multi-hospital implementation. Examples include:
    • Multi-hospital implementations often have more than one vendors’ cardiographs. Epiphany can migrate data from multiple legacy management systems and use that data to provide serial comparison reports on 12-lead ECGs from different vendors‘ cardiographs.
    • HL7 messaging (order update, preliminary result, image update, final result, billing messages) can be sent to and received from multiple applications. For example, Cardio Server supports customized results for Epic and also for Cerner.
    • It is common in multi-site installations that patients do not have a truly unique patient ID. Cardio Server can identify previous studies for a patient, even if those were performed with a different patient ID in another site. As an example, Cardio Server locates previous studies on name and date of birth.
    • Cardio Server can be configured to not require order linkage for outpatient and clinics studies, but require orders for inpatient procedures.
    • Some physicians confirm studies within the exercise stress application. Epiphany enables the stress studies coming from this hospital/clinic to be received as “confirmed” and pass onto the EMR while allowing other sites to confirm using Cardio Server.
    • Multiple time zones are supported for enterprises that extend beyond a single time zone.

Epiphany values feedback from our customers. Listening and learning from our customers has allowed us to be proactive, adapt, and expand the functionality of our products to be flexible in supporting multi-site environments.  

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Topics: Cardio Server, enterprise medical systems, multiple enterprise software, hospital software, Epic, Cerner, multiple hospitals, diagnostic modalities, diagnostic test results

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