“I believe patients benefit from IONM first and foremost because it allows for an additional layer of protection during their operations … IONM provides surgeons with a level of pertinent information that wasn’t available in the past, and it is a great tool to help reduce liability.”
CHRIS BLEDSOE, MD
PRESIDENT OF EPIOM
Cost Savings and Benefits Associated with Utilizing EPIOM Monitoring Services:
EPIOM is a specialized intraoperative neurodiagnostic company offering multi-modality intraoperative services for various surgical procedures within the Orthopedic, Neurologic, Ear Nose Throat, and Cardiovascular surgical specialties.
Our technologists are required to obtain national certification and our Interpreting Physicians (MD/DO) are trained in the latest techniques of intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring. There is significant value in outsourcing these services:
EPIOM, cutting-edge technology is made affordable and dependable for any patient in any community.
Technologists are available 24/7 365 days per year within a moment’s notice and our scheduling process is seamless for both the surgeon’s office and surgical facility. In conjunction with the most recent advancements in neurodiagnostic technology and the independent oversight and interpretation by an MD/DO trained in neurophysiology, IONM affords the patient, surgeon and facility the best opportunity for a positive outcome.
TECHNOLOGIST CREDENTIALS AND EDUCATION
Our technologists are here to support your surgical staff. Our team approach to patient care is what sets us apart. We are committed to the same values and standard of care as your facility. Before our technologists step into your facility, they have been thoroughly vetted and credentialed through your Human Resources department as well as any third-party credentialing systems your facility uses.
At minimum, EPIOM requires a bachelor’s degree to join our elite IOM team. Every team member holds a CNIM (Certification in Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring) or is currently working toward qualifying for their certification. EPIOM has been at the forefront of the neuromonitoring field since the company was founded by an audiologist 15 years ago. Our technologists are active members of multiple neurodiagnostic societies and are always up to date on current and new practices in the neuromonitoring.
REMOTE PHYSICIAN OVERSIGHT
Communication of neurophysiological data gathered during surgery is enabled through secure, continuous broadband transmission from the operating room to supervising neurologists and consultation. The supervising neurologist is board certified, trained in neurophysiology and IONM, and is experienced in a multitude of surgical procedures and IONM modalities.
RISK MANAGEMENT AND QUALITY CONTROL
By having multiple layers of oversight—starting with the technologist, available 24/7 on call support, the supervising remote neurologist—EPIOM seeks to mitigate any technical risks that may occur during the surgery. Post-operatively, each case is reviewed by our panel of experienced quality control specialists. Our standards follow the same guidelines dictated by the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (ACNS).
CASE REPORTING AND PATIENT CONSENT
EPIOM respects our patients’ rights and privacy. A technologist will meet with the patient in pre-op to discuss the risks and benefits associated with neuromonitoring. During this time, the patient will be asked to sign our consent form, a copy of which is added to the patient’s chart to be included for your facility’s medical records. A detailed case report of the recorded neurophysiologic data will be compiled and added to the patient’s chart upon completion of the surgery.
PATIENT PRIVACY AND HIPAA
In compliance with HIPAA, EPIOM is committed to protecting the patient’s personal health information (PHI) and respecting each individual's rights under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. EPIOM has taken all measures to comply with HIPAA standards by implementing state of the art encryption on all devices containing and transmitting PHI.