Achieving Epic Honor Roll with NetApp

What is the Epic Honor Roll?

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Established in 2017, the Epic Honor Roll Good Maintenance Grant Program is a recognition program based on the use of strategies, lessons learned, and best practices from Epic’s experience serving well-respected healthcare organizations. The requirements include computer hardware and business continuity, benchmarks in patient experience and population health, and ease of use in collaboration across all IT areas. Epic community members in the United States are eligible for the program only after they’ve been live with EpicCare Ambulatory or EpicCare Inpatient for 1 year. The Epic Honor Roll committee evaluates over 50 components of each customer’s instance of Epic in the following areas:

  • IT infrastructure stability and performance
  • Patient experience and MyChart
  • Interoperability and health information exchange
  • Population health and analytics
  • Clinical content and clinical programs
  • Collaboration with other organizations in the Epic community

Why should you care?

Beyond the benefit of new features and functions, your organization can also achieve a higher level of reimbursement from the program by upgrading to new versions and consistently meeting performance, backup, and restore requirements. Implementing the latest Epic version with an upgrade also helps you comply with regulatory and compliance updates.

How does NetApp help?

As Epic’s highest-rated storage, NetApp® technology enables Epic customers to exceed Honor Roll requirements by consistently achieving performance benchmarks (IOPS, write cycles, random reads), while also consolidating all Epic workloads into a single “high comfort” system with guaranteed performance.

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This means that your IT teams can spend less time managing multiple infrastructure silos, and focus more on what matters most: delivering world-class patient care.

The Epic and NetApp alliance

Aside from our industry-leading technology solutions, the unique partnership between Epic and NetApp is one of the key reasons why healthcare organizations trust NetApp for healthcare IT. At NetApp, we take pride in our strategic partnership with Epic, and we’re honored to have been a trusted partner for the past 10 years.

Together, NetApp and Epic are transforming healthcare delivery through innovative technology solutions.

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NetApp improves patient care

Globally, over 170 healthcare organizations trust NetApp to run their Epic environment and improve patient care.

For example, Mercy Technology Services, an industry leader in healthcare technology, serves as the IT backbone of Mercy, the fifth-largest Catholic health system in the United States. Mercy’s senior vice president and chief information officer says, “With this solution, NetApp all-flash FAS gives us the performance we need from a vendor we trust.”

How to get started

We’re excited to better understand your current Epic environment and determine how NetApp can best align with your organization. We offer a complimentary Epic Design Workshop tailored to your organization with the following outcomes:

  • Epic architectural design based on your unique requirements
  • Clear understanding of the current and future state of your Epic environment
  • Demonstration of how NetApp solutions can improve operational efficiencies, decrease IT spending, and increase performance for Epic, all while exceeding Honor Roll requirements
  • TCO/ROI analysis of current and future state

To learn more, contact Brian Pruitt, NetApp Global Healthcare Alliance manager.

Brian Pruitt

As Global Healthcare Strategic Alliance Manager, Brian is responsible for overall alignment and strategic direction between NetApp and EHR ISV's, focused on driving innovative solutions for NetApp healthcare customers. Brian has over 20 years of IT experience, ranging from engineering complex IT solutions to leading large teams of highly skilled engineers & architects. In his previous role at Centura Health, Colorado’s largest health system, Brian was responsible for overall strategic alignment between IT and business stakeholders. While at Centura Health, Brian was also focused on improving patient outcomes and clinical workflows by implementing creative and cost-effective technology solutions. He’s led the implementation of Epic at seventeen hospitals, held advisory seats at multiple technology companies, and has successfully developed many high-performing IT teams.

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