"IONM is truly a team effort in which each member contributes his or her individual knowledge and skill to achieve the optimal patient outcome. As anesthesiologists, our knowledge of physiology pharmacology, the surgical procedure and the patient’s medical comorbidities allows us to directly participate in reducing risks by improving the patient’s hemodynamics and neural environment”
— MARK KAITNER, MD, VICE PRESIDENT OF EPIOM
We are are The Joint Commission Certified
EPIOM has received the Join Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for it's compliance with the Commission's national health standards
The Joint Commission is the predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. EPIOM went through an on-site review and had to meet rigorous national standards-consistently and continuously.
The Joint Commission is the predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Our company went through an on-site review and had to meet rigorous national standards-consistently and continuously.
EPIOM is physician-owned and surgeon-directed
Our high standards come from a long history of leadership in the operating room. We have been the premier neuromonitoring service in the San Antonio area for almost two decades and are now extending our exceptional services nation-wide. Originally founded by an audiologist, EPIOM began pioneering intraoperative monitoring services among operating rooms in the San Antonio area. In 2010, the company moved under the ownership of two anesthesiologists with a vision of expanding EPIOM into the elite neuromonitoring company it is today.
EPIOM employs a professional team of highly experienced and educated technologists who are held to the highest standard of competency. We have a longstanding tradition of providing quality IOM services to our community. Our team approach to patient care is what sets us apart, working side by side with the same surgeons and anesthesiologists for decades. All of our technologists have received excellent training and have been awarded a Certification in Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring (CNIM), or are actively acquiring their certification. Many of our technologists have advanced degrees in audiology and neurology.
When undergoing a delicate surgical procedure, such as spinal cord or brain surgery, you want someone with experience to be able to monitor your nervous system function
Our board certified or board eligible technologists are trained to manage complications that may arise during your surgery. We work closely with your surgeon to reduce or eliminate problems that may result in post-operative long-term nerve injury.
We offer various types of monitoring to ensure your safety during the surgical procedure. If your surgeon has not mentioned using neural monitoring during your brain or spine surgery, simply inform your surgeon that you would like Epiom to monitor and supervise your procedure.
SURGEON & FACILITY SUPPORT
Data Security and Storage
EPIOM maintains all case-related data on its encrypted virtual private network. This meets all HIPAA requirements.
EPIOM is physician-owned and surgeon-directed. Cases monitored by EPIOM are overseen by licensed and credentialed physicians who are dedicated to confirming that the best possible information is being provided to the surgeon.
At the end of each surgery, a comprehensive report is generated and sent to the hospital’s records department, as well as the surgeon’s office. The report includes numeric results and professional commentary interpreting the results for each modality that was tested during the surgery. The reports highlight any abnormalities that were noted by the supervising physician during the surgery.
Information on intraoperative monitoring for patients is provided to all surgeons’ offices so that the patient is aware that neuromonitoring will be utilized during their surgery and the reasons why it is important. The surgical neurophysiologist will make every effort to introduce him or herself to the patient before the surgery to answer any questions that the patient may have about monitoring.
Supervising Neurologist Oversight
EPIOM has led the industry in providing physicians trained in electrophysiology, neurophysiology, and intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring to work with our surgical neurophysiologists during surgery. Known as supervising neurologists, these individuals are part of our “real time” monitoring program that consists of transmitting data from the operating room to the neurologist in real-time.
The supervising neurologist interprets the data that is provided by the surgical neurophysiologist and communicates directly with the monitorist and surgical team during the entire surgery. When appropriate, our supervising neurologists speak with the surgeon regarding changes in data.
With the number of full-time and dedicated supervising neurologists we employ, we are able to provide this type of quality assurance and added protection during all of our surgeries on a 24/7 365 day basis.
Supervising Neurologist Technical and Board Certification
Our Supervising Neurologists are held to the highest of standards by our Chief Medical Officer who is a Board Certified Neurologist. Our Supervising Neurologists are generally either Board Certified or Board Eligible in Neurology (or other relevant clinical areas) and Clinical Neurophysiology.
To ensure clinical competency, a detailed checklist has been developed by our staff and is maintained on every surgical neurophysiologist. EPIOM also requires all surgical neurophysiologists to be Joint Commission compliant and to pass the following tests in support of our customer’s high standards.
- Join Commission Certified Organization
- Dedicated to high quality
- Annual CPR and TB test
- Age specific competency tests
- Additional mandatory programs such as safety and infection control