Electronic Medical Records
An Epic Partnership, with repercussions for Canada
Electronics and Epic Systems Corp., of Madison, Wis., have signed an
agreement to provide enterprise software, medical imaging and monitoring
IT solutions that will integrate patient information enterprise-wide.
This cooperative agreement combines Epic's strengths in patient-centric,
enterprise-wide healthcare information systems with Philips' strengths
in medical imaging, PACS, and patient monitoring technology.
Epic Systems is a
major developer of Electronic Patient Record software in the United
States - last year, for example, it won a contract to supply EPR
software to Kaiser Permanente, the largest non-profit HMO in the United
States. However, we haven't heard too much about them in Canada. That
may soon change, commented a source at the Canadian office of Philips,
in Markham, Ont.
For Philips, the
alliance is a move that fills in a missing piece of the jig-saw puzzle -
the company has acquired all kinds of vendors in the past few years,
including advanced CT, ultrasound, patient monitoring and even PET
imaging equipment. But it has been missing a major component - the
enterprise-wide, electronic patient record.
Lately, Philips has
been winning radiology and PACS contracts across Canada - including a
big PACS contract in with Ontario's NORTH tele-radiology network. It now
has a partner in Epic that can supply the EPR.
The alliance will
integrate medical equipment with enterprise software across departments,
including at the point of care and will offer the next level of clinical
benefits. This includes a single process for order-entry and medication
administration that will reduce the potential for errors.
management of a patient from diagnosis through treatment will be driven
by a single patient record database across-the-healthcare-continuum.
Epic will exclusively
continue to deliver enterprise healthcare IT products to its traditional
market of large healthcare organizations, academic medical centers, and
children's healthcare systems. Philips will market healthcare IT
products, powered by Epic software, as part of its Vequion family.
The agreement will
continue to allow each company to develop and support interfaces based
on open standards with other suppliers that meet their existing and
future customer needs.
healthcare integration to a higher level and is the next logical step
for Epic," said Judith R. Faulkner, president and CEO of Epic. "By
dissolving the boundaries between monitoring, imaging, and information
technologies, we will be able to deliver systems that provide better
care and easier workflow. We've always wanted to be able to respond to
healthcare organizations outside our traditional market and we're glad
there is now a solution for them."
"Our customers are
looking for more than new technologies, they are looking for IT
solutions that can share patient information throughout the hospital
consistently," said Jouko Karvinen, president and CEO, Philips Medical
Systems. "We are delighted to integrate a new version of Epic's industry
leading software into our Vequion portfolio. This will bring a solid,
robust Philips solution to more hospitals and clinics worldwide."
Products from both
Epic and Philips are in use at leading healthcare facilities, including
Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio, and the Geisinger Health System in
between Epic and Philips really brings an opportunity to improve the
overall quality in the practice of medicine by delivering information to
clinicians when they need it and where they need it. That ability will
connect the clinical specialty departments with their colleagues across
the institution," said Martin Harris, CIO, Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
"We believe that the
Epic-Philips partnership will put Epic's high-quality software products
within reach of more small and mid-sized organizations due to Philips'
market position," said Frank Richards, CIO Geisinger Health System.
"This should help
expand the overall adoption of Electronic Medical Records, which have
been cited as important tools for promoting patient safety." The first
integrated solutions will be introduced late 2004.