Benefits of Epic as a Service for EHR: Everything You Need to Know

Over the last few years, it’s safe to say that Electronic Health Records (EHRs) have become a critical asset to healthcare providers everywhere. Epic as a Service simply takes that model and elevates it to the next level. By running Epic on HPE GreenLake via an as a service offering you can:

  • Improve patient care by making sure that you always have access to the hardware, software, and certified expertise you need to keep your EHR in top working order.
  • Increase efficiency with a pre-configured, scalable solution that accelerates time to value.
  • Access patient information securely, wherever and whenever you need it.

The benefits of Epic as a Service for EHR are copious—read on for everything you need to know.

Epic + GreenLake Reduces Costs and Risks with a Validated Infrastructure

The Epic as a Service platform powered by HPE GreenLake is an Epic-validated infrastructure that provides the convenience of a cloud solution with the security of an on-premises offering. According to a 2019 study by HPE, 65% of all Epic customers use HPE as their infrastructure vendor because of the easy integration of storage, servers, software and networking assets. This new end-to-end solution provides a converged medical infrastructure to Epic customers, creating a great chance to innovate while eliminating risk.

In terms of security, you’ll be pleased to know that the Epic design and architectural principles support HIPAA compliance across core HIPAA tenants of administrative and technical safeguards as well.

Epic as a Service and HPE GreenLakeGet Peak Performance via Continual Support

The Epic as a Service platform has superior support options you can tap into that won’t leave you frustrated on the phone with someone who can’t or won’t provide the support you need. 

Every minute that one of your own in-house IT professionals is focused on upgrades, bug fixes or similar important-yet-menial tasks is a minute they’re not focused on more important matters that directly impact patient care.

With Epic as a Service, you can let Comport shoulder the burden of continual upgrades and optimization in your infrastructure so that you can have complete confidence knowing that your Epic system is at peak performance.

Accomplish Long-Term Healthcare IT Goals with Epic as a Service for EHR

Another major benefit that comes from working with Comport for your Epic as a Service EHR solution ultimately comes down to gaining technological expertise in the product backed by decades of healthcare IT experience. We understand that every organization is different from the next, which is why we always make an effort to better understand your unique long-term goals so that we can help make them a reality. 

Likewise, we don’t just “set it and forget it.” We’re there to help you along your journey, with issues both big and small. HPE GreenLake also meets the requirements of Epic Community Connect meaning that the system can allow smaller healthcare organizations to connect with larger partners, all in the name of better positioning themselves within the Epic EHR network. Not only does it enhance interoperability with the nearby health system, but it’s also a great opportunity to increase referrals and provide a far lower cost of EHR implementation as well.

Unlock the Power of Cloud-Based Epic to Your Advantage

Finally, the discussion of the advantages of Epic as a Service wouldn’t be complete without touching on perhaps the most critical feature of all:  a fully cloud-enabled platform that can finally position your infrastructure to meet the demands of today while enabling you to prepare for the challenges of tomorrow.

The biggest advantage here is that this type of cloud-enabled platform goes a long way towards promoting interoperability and data exchange, allowing systems to share health information with one another to make sure that any pivotal data is always in the hands of the people who need it the most. It’s also important to note that this is done securely to ensure compliance with HIPPA, all while optimizing care and reducing the types of problems that could result in patient readmission down the road.

Lock in the Cloud

The Epic as a Service solution also leverages HPE GreenLake so you can enjoy a fully “pay as you go” model, exchanging all of those fixed and unpredictable costs associated with building your own IT environment in favor of a fixed monthly rate. Everything you need—from hardware to software to support—can be included for just a single price, allowing you to spend less time focusing on your return on investment so that you can devote all of your attention to your patients, where it belongs.

By now, it’s clear that Epic as a Service is about more than just embracing the latest and greatest that modern technology has to offer. By reducing costs and risk with a validated infrastructure, by letting a trusted partner be proactive about making sure your system is always at peak performance, and by embracing the benefits of cloud-enabled EHRs, you’ll go beyond simply delivering a reliable EHR to accelerating your long-term healthcare IT goals.

You’ll also take a meaningful step towards enabling better patient care in the future, which may very well be the most important benefit of all.

If you’d like to find out more information about the advantages of Epic as a Service and HPE GreenLake, don’t delay—contact Comport and we’ll discuss your EHR future!


Author: Bill Flatley, Field CTO for Healthcare

Bill is responsible for technical strategies and recommendations for Comport’s Healthcare clients. His extensive experience includes four healthcare systems in leadership roles supporting Clinical Applications, Digital Health, and Office of the CIO as the primary liaison between IT and the business.

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