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October 15, 2013

QlikTech and Epic Join Together on Electronic Medical Records Technology

QlikTech and Epic announced this week that the companies have developed an electronic medical records (EMR) technology agreement. The agreement integrates certain aspects of both companies’ software, as well as improves support for healthcare organizations that use both solutions.

QlikTech is the provider of QlikView, a business discovery platform for user-driven business intelligence (BI) that is achieved by creating visual relationships across multiple, complex data sources. Epic makes software that provides clinical, access and revenue functions for mid-size and large medical groups, hospitals and integrated healthcare organizations.

The agreement allows Epic to use the QlikView Business Discovery platform within the company’s Hyperspace application, including the ability to launch activities from QlikView such as a patient's chart or billing account. The agreement also outlines improved technical support for common clients.

Additionally, the companies will create a shared customer community to exchange best practices and hands on knowledge of innovative ways to use both technologies. The companies stated that content shared between customers helps the community to improve time to value for new and existing analytics initiatives.

The companies already have joint customers, such as ThedaCare, the largest healthcare provider and employer in Northeast Wisconsin, and Nemours, an internationally recognized children's health system, which are already benefiting from QlikTech's partnership with Epic.

ThedaCare says the company has gained actionable insights into disease management, patient flows, and financial management using QlikView. The organization uses QlikView to analyze more than 110 million rows of data each day. Using QlikView, Thedacare eliminated their annual budgeting process, reduced overtime spend by more than $750,000 by integrating multiple data sources (Epic, general ledger, time/attendance, claims data) and managed staffing, demand and expense management.

"QlikView dramatically reduces the time to answer business and clinical questions and understand performance gaps," said Brian Veara, IT director at ThedaCare and program manager for the clinical business intelligence network. "It's helping Thedacare transition from standard reporting to a truly analytical environment where any information can be rapidly accessed, analyzed and viewed exactly as needed."

The situation is similar at Nemours. "As one of the nation's leading pediatric health systems, Nemours has long believed in leveraging the power of health information technology and data analytics to provide high quality clinical care,” said Jeffrey Morrison, Director of Nemours Enterprise Intelligence. “Our relationships with QlikView and Epic helped us also become one of the safest pediatric health systems in the country. The new partnership between these two industry leaders will allow us to further integrate our work and provide even better care for our children and families."

"QlikTech and our global partner community have built a number of QlikView apps to help our customers increase healthcare data visibility and analyze the ability to meet meaningful use requirements," said Ellen Derrico, director global market development, life sciences & healthcare at QlikTech. "With the ability to answer even unasked questions, business and clinical users are able to make faster and better informed decisions that help ensure better patient outcomes while improving the efficiencies that drive down costs."

Edited by Ryan Sartor

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