Our wonderful customers are the reason we’re in business. Here are some of the great things they’ve said about us:
MAKING THE SWITCH
We have been utilizing Lauris as our EMR since our inception as a company.
Over the past year we began to run into several areas of concern as it was not keeping up with the evolving challenges that we have been faced with in the substance abuse treatment domain.
We initially struggled to make the necessary changes to transition to DSM 5 on our prior EMR.
Additionally, there were numerous modifications in documentation that we needed to make in order to better memorialize our services.
It became increasingly necessary to more clearly validate the care that we provided upon being scrutinized by insurance carriers.
Lastly, our prior EMR did not provide us with easy to utilize self-auditing tools and did not provide a MORs or any capacity to document medication observed to have been taken by patients.
After interviewing and screening numerous EMR’s and contacting colleagues to discuss the that which they are utilizing, we decided to make a transition to Kipu.
Kipu appears to offer stronger, user friendly, software that will hopefully meet our needs in the way it presents.
Jeffrey Huttman, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Evolutions Treatment Center
Mark this is unacceptable, we can’t live without you!!!!!!
Honestly, you have been amazing. Your knowledge, instruction and support have been such a tremendous amount of help to a couple of nubes trying to figure this whole thing out. You are an amazing trainer and we both truly appreciate you, as would the rest of the company if they could put a face to our KIPU MASTERS name.
Thank you for all you have done to help us through this. You, your company, and your software are a tremendous asset.
KIPU VS COMPETITION
Being a startup on a smaller scale, our treatment center was working with a limited budget where every dollar was significant. From the outset, Kipu seemed to be the industry standard EMR and, of course, they were the first presentation we sat through.
After experiencing a bit of sticker shock, we were determined to find a compatible product for a lesser price especially after learning that there are literally thousands of EMR products floating around in the medical industry. Our management team sat through some six exhaustive (and futile) presentations of other “leading” EMR software programs, some of which haven’t even been released yet. Some, like Kipu, were designed specifically for behavioral health and some were simply adapted and scaled down from larger medical fields.
We narrowed the search down to two viable contenders, Kipu and Zen Charts (some EMR programs were simply a half-step above paper charts). The reason we gave careful consideration to Zen was because it was being touted as “Kipu comparable.” And in most respects, it did look suspiciously similar to Kipu. So, we thought, “OK, great! Same product, less money, winning combination.”
Well, upon scratching the surface a little deeper, we did find certain differences, some important and some not. When we confronted Zen about the issues, we were told that everything could be customized and we would have to deal with the engineer about the issues, we were told that everything could be customized and we would have to deal with the engineer and they can reprogram it the way we would want it. We explained that we’d want it like Kipu and what reason would there be for everyone to not want it like Kipu. We simply did not have time to decipher what we liked about Kipu and translate it to a programmer at Zen and help them develop their program more like Kipu.
Furthermore, we were simultaneously interviewing potential employees for various positions. Over and over again, the responses from prespective employees ranging from Clinical Directors to Behavioral Techs were all the same, “I’m familiar with Kipu. I’ve never heard of these other programs. We never had any problems with Kipu.” We saw this as an immediate signal that by implementing Kipu as our EMR, we were going to be maximizing our employee pool and saving money by not having to train employees on a system that they were not familiar with. One employee making one simple mistake on one patient file, can cause an avalanche of major financial problems with the insurance companies, sometimes fatal. We were glad the employees experienced their “learning curve” at some other facility’s expense and not ours.
After meeting with Kipu first, and then going round and round for weeks and weeks, we finally came full circle and chose Kipu as our company’s EMR. We wish we would’ve heeded our colleagues’ advice from the beginning and would’ve chosen Kipu from the start and saved time and effort.
– Vince Gurrera
Chief Marketing Officer
Florida Addiction and Recovery Center
Fort Lauderdale, Florida