Rhythm Strip Management (RSM)

Do I need to print and scan the rhythm strips?
No. Epiphany’s RSM solution imports the rhythm strips without the need for paper printing, duplicating, or manual scanning.

Does RSM support multiple-format rhythm strips?
Yes. Report format is configured by the monitoring system. RSM will accept the format your hospital most commonly uses.

Will I be able to see the rhythm strips in the patient’s chart in Epic?
Yes. Epiphany’s RSM solution will export the rhythm strips automatically as a PDF file. This is handled as a non-solicited order.

Can I search in Epiphany’s RSM solution for a patient’s rhythm strips and print them for clinical evaluation?
Yes. Epiphany's RSM solution will keep all rhythm strips for a predetermined number of days (this number is set at the time of implementation); the strips can be printed as well. Most often, clinical evaluation is done within the EMR.

How long will strips remain in RSM?
Rhythm strips may be sent directly to the EMR and/or retained in Epiphany's RSM solution for a specified number of days. Based on the volume of studies processed daily and the storage capacity allocated by the hospital’s IT team during project implementation, the strips may be retained by RSM for as long as needed.  

I am a nurse practitioner on a telemetry hospital floor with 36 beds.  My nursing staff now prints an average of 200 rhythm strips per day, yielding a total of approximately 78,000 strips per year. How much will our hospital save if we implement RSM?
Hospital workflows vary and every department has a unique way of managing rhythm strips. By reducing, or in many cases eliminating, the need to print the rhythm strips, the hospital saves substantially on the cost for thermal paper and/or 8x11 paper. The hospital also saves labor costs by eliminating the manual work necessary in printing, cutting, pasting, photocopying, and scanning the rhythm strips into the hospital’s EMR.     

Our hospital already has Epiphany's Cardio Server. Can RSM be installed on the same server?
Yes; please contact your Epiphany representative to confirm your specific configuration.

Can RSM handle more than one rhythm strip per patient?
Yes. Epiphany’s RSM solution supports an unlimited number of rhythm strips per patient.

Does RSM support a mixed environment of Philips PIIC Classic and PIIC Information Centers?
Yes. Hospitals may have a combination of Philips Information Centers. RSM will support both Philips PIIC Classic and Philips PIIC iX systems.

Can RSM send the rhythm strips directly to the EMR?
Yes. Epiphany’s RSM solution is configured as a pass-thru system, enabling the strips to be sent directly to the EMR, eliminating the need for the user to log-in to RSM to retrieve or validate a rhythm strip.

About Epiphany Healthcare 

Does Cardio Server have 510(k) FDA registration?
Yes, Cardio Server received its 510(k) registration as a Class ll device in November, 2005. A copy of the registration is available upon request.

Can a software-only application for ECG management receive a 510(k) from the FDA?
Yes, the first sentence of Cardio Server's 510(k) registration states that it is available as a software-only application.

How long has Cardio Server been in clinical use?
Cardio Server was first deployed for use at Duke University in 2001.

How many employees does Epiphany have?
Our staff numbers over 70 and growing.

Does Epiphany own the license to Cardio Server?
Yes.

Common Misconceptions

Is it true that one company's resting-ECG algorithm is somehow superior to another company's algorithm?
We discuss computerized-ECG findings with physicians every day. The one question that we always ask is, “How often do you agree with the interpretative statements coming from the cardiographs?” We of course hear the occasional extremes “never or 95% of the time.” The most common answer, however, regardless of the cart manufacturer is, “60 to 75% of the time we agree with the computerized interpretation.”

When you transfer ECGs with interpretations from a cardiograph to Cardio Server, the original statements and measurements pass through to Cardio Server without modification. If you like your current algorithm you will still see the same data.

Is it true that transferring from carts to an ECG management system other than that of the cart manufacturer will void your cart warranty?
No. Epiphany has many sites with carts transferring to Cardio Server without voiding the warranty.

Can Cardio Server accept wireless transfer from MAC 5000/5500 cardiographs?
Yes. We have hundreds of GE carts transmitting ECGs wirelessly to Cardio Server.

Can I purchase Silex, wireless modems for my MAC carts from Epiphany?
Yes. The modems come with instructions for installation by Biomed, telephone support, and the original Silex warranty.

Why do the competitors say that Epiphany is either going out of business or going to get acquired?
We have heard a variety of rumors and misinformation over the last 15 years. This can happen when you displace older, staid companies in a monopolized market niche. We believe that robust competition benefits the end users with more features at better prices. We are growing, business is strong, and our customers are benefiting.

How does Epiphany import device data?
Most of our modality imports have both alpha/numeric feeds and waveform-PDFs. Supported formats include DICOM, XML, HL7, and PDF. When we receive the alpha/numeric data, we post it into editable fields. This is so much more than simply taking a PDF in for storage.

When we get only a PDF, we are doing much more to support our customers. Our PDF Import Tool allows the importation of any PDF to Cardio Server where we create a new modality in the database and populate all demographics with an ADT or orders feed. Our tool provides you flexible workflow including a cover page for physician interpretation, forms, acronyms, electronic signature, HL7 messaging into the EMR, automated messenger functions, and administrative reporting.

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