Asante Chooses Epic for Electronic Medical Record
Asante has chosen a new electronic health record system from Epic and will be starting up this new technology in the next year at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, Asante Three Rivers Medical Center, Asante Physician Partner practices, and other Asante clinics and partners
"Patient care, of course, means everything, and with Epic we will be able to provide better care more efficiently and with greater safety," said Jeff Wadja, MD, Vice President of Medical Informatics.
Asante will use Epic to create a truly paperless electronic medical record that will make it possible for medical staff and doctors to share patient information between all departments and track changes in a patient's care as it happens. It will enhance the ability of staff to analyze data from patient charts to identify areas for improvement. In addition, doctors' offices and other hospitals will be able to share patient data in a safe, secure, and more efficient way.
"Your patient record will be available to your doctor as long as there is an Internet connection," said Dr. Wajda.
For patients, staff and physicians, this will mean the following:
Improved safety (your medical record speaks for you)
Higher quality care
More rapid filling of physician orders
Less duplication of tests and services
One medical record available everywhere
Bringing Epic online will also require new staff with new skills. Asante will be hiring for 60 positions, most of them full time, to bring the new electronic medical record online and operate it into the future. Healthcare Reform is dramatically changing how healthcare is provided in America. With Epic, Asante will be ready for these changes.
During 2010 Asante leadership began looking for a new information systems strategy that would the future needs of patients, doctors, and hospitals. They began researching other options in the industry and quickly realized that at present only one vendor had an integrated solution for hospitals and physician offices, and that was Epic. Asante conducted reference calls, technical reviews, and on-site demonstrations of Epic. We also reviewed vendor ratings by a reputable industry review agency known as KLAS. Epic was the clear choice.
Who is Epic?
Epic makes patient-focused software for large and mid-size medical groups, hospitals, and integrated healthcare delivery systems. Founded in 1979, Epic is a privately held employee-owned organization with 240 customers representing over 1,000 hospitals and clinics, and 220,000 physicians using their EMR. Based in Verona, Wisconsin just outside of Madison, Epic has over 4,000 employees. Epic focuses on research and development by putting 47 percent of their earnings back into their products. Their sales marketing force make up less than 2 percent of the company. In December 2010 Epic was chosen “Best in KLAS” for the following software modules: Acute care Electronic Medical Record (EMR), Ambulatory EMR, Resolute Hospital Billing, Epic Willow (Pharmacy), Epic Resolute/Prelude/Cadence (physician practice management), and Epic Radiant (Radiology). Epic was also chosen Best in Klas for keeping promises.