ePlex®: The True Sample-to-Answer SolutionTM

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Designed for the Patient, Optimized for the LabTM

While many systems claim sample-to-answer capabilities, only ePlex is able to integrate the entire process from order-to-report to better realize the patient and laboratory benefits of rapid, multiplex molecular diagnostics. ePlex offers a number of unique solutions that were thoughtfully engineered to address the biggest challenges facing the clinical laboratory and to support hospital systems in delivering patient centered, value-based care.

Software Designed to Improve Efficiency and Patient Care

The ePlex® software combines major enhancements that incorporate customer feedback with the customization freedom and intuitive user interface required to support the diverse and changing needs of the laboratory and healthcare systems. With each release, we have introduced more enhancements to streamline tasks across the diagnostic process from order-to-report. The ePlex software is designed to improve productivity at every level. The newest version of the ePlex software offers a number of new features to help drive efficiency in the delivery of patient centered care.

  • Templated Comments
  • Report Scheduler
  • Custom Epidemiology
    Reports
  • Laboratory Information
    System (LIS)
  • External Control
  • Security and User
    Management

Templated Comments

Templated Comments

User-defined comments on results reports to help guide treatment decisions

  • Automate the interpretation of the local antibiogram to guide antibiotic therapy selection
  • Fast-track treatment intervention improving Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs and Infection Control

Report Scheduler

Report Scheduler

Integrated scheduling tool that automates the generation and distribution of report results

  • Customized epidemiology reports with automated distribution scheduled daily, weekly or monthly
  • Reports are distributed via email to minimize the administrative overhead of gathering data

Custom Epidemiology Reports

Custom Epidemiology Reports

Integrated epidemiology reporting to help analyze onboard prevalence data

  • Create customized reports for surveillance and monitoring of epidemiology data
  • Export custom epidemiology datasets to excel compatible formats to create multi-series prevalence charts

Laboratory Information System (LIS)

Laboratory Information System (LIS)

Bi-directional LIS integration improves result turnaround time and reduces risk of transcription errors

  • Pending test orders dashboard enables immediate visibility of incoming samples to determine daily workload
  • Integrated auto-validation control to manage automatic result release to LIS
  • Drivers available for all major LIS vendors

External Control

External Control

Automated QC tracking to ensure accreditation compliance

  • Easily demonstrate QC compliance for lab accreditation with onboard reporting
  • Predefine and track external quality control by assay
  • Automatically monitor QC frequency and lot changes

Security and User Management

Security and User Management

Integrated HIPAA compliant safeguards to manage security risks and vulnerabilities

  • User access management to the ePlex system is simplified with active directory integration
  • Strong password requirements are enforced to help protect electronic protected health information (ePHI)

Modular and Scalable to Meet the Demands of Any Institution

ePlex offers a modular and scalable design that provides a simplified path to adding capacity. With five different instrument configurations that range from 3 to 24 test bays, ePlex delivers consistent order-to-report service levels across institutions of any size. ePlex NP (Near Patient) brings syndromic testing closer to the patient at institutions running as few as 12 patient samples per shift. The ePlex 4 Tower configuration outpaces any sample-to-answer platform in some of the world’s largest diagnostic laboratories.

True Sample-to-Answer Workflow

ePlex is the only sample-to-answer system on the market that streamlines the diagnostic workflow from physician order entry to the release of the final report with accurate, actionable test results. ePlex is the True Sample-to-Answer Solution because it improves true turnaround time with end-to-end integration that includes:

  • Bi-directional LIS to automate and accelerate order entry and results reporting
  • Random and continuous access and a modular, scalable design to ensure capacity that meets peak season demand
  • Independently validated shortest hands-on time in the lab
  • Remote alerts to notify practitioners test results are available
  • Intuitive user interface with guided workflows to enable operation on every shift
  • Remote service capability to minimize system downtime and ensure patients and physicians have access to rapid test results

Order-to-Report Is what Matters Most

The green time stamps are commonly documented in hospital and laboratory information systems. ePlex is designed for order-to-report with a LEAN workflow by eliminating manual steps and staging of samples that often delay and complicate efficient test processing and results reporting. 

Designed for the Patient: Reduce Avoidable Medical Errors

Preventable medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the United States at more than 250,000 per year.[1] Automating information transfer has been shown to be effective in reducing many common errors, including patient identity checking and order transcription.[2] ePlex is uniquely designed with patient safety features to help address this challenge in the lab. ePlex’s patented positive patient ID feature reduces the potential for patient sample mix-up. ePlex’s shortest hands-on-time and guided workflows reduce the chance of pre-analytical errors. Bi-directional LIS can help eliminate transcription errors in both order entry and results reporting. With ePlex, labs and physicians can have confidence that they have the right patient, with the right test, and the right result…every time.

Optimized for the Lab: Maximize Lab Efficiency by Reducing Administrative Overhead

Monitoring and reporting quality control testing is both a requirement and a best practice to ensure accuracy of patient testing results and compliance with lab standards. With on-board QC tracking capabilities, ePlex provides safeguards to ensure labs not only run controls when required, but can easily track and report compliance. In addition to automated QC tracking, ePlex provides the following compliance and data management tools:

  • Integrated data analytics to easily monitor lab performance
  • On-demand epidemiology reports for export and simplified analysis
  • Fully configurable, auto-release of test results

All of these unique capabilities of the ePlex system allow Lab Directors to reduce their time spent on routine administrative tasks and focus their limited resources on high-value activities that impact patient care and the bottom line.

ePlex System Specifications

INSTRUMENT

WEIGHT
1-TOWER SYSTEM
49 kg (108 lbs)
DIMENSIONS (H X W X D)
1-TOWER SYSTEM
59 cm x 48 cm x 54 cm (23.5” x 19.0” x 21.3”)
LIS COMPATIBILITY ASTM LIS 1-A & LIS 2-A2 (Bi-directional)
HL7 v2.3 (Bi-directional)
Flat File (.csv, .xml and .txt)
SUPPORTED BARCODES Aztec, Codabar, Code 39, Code 93, Code 128, Data Matrix, EAN, Interleaved 2 of 5, JAN, MaxiCode, UPC
POWER REQUIREMENTS 100-240 Vac, 50/60 Hz, 265W
ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS Ambient Temperature: 15 – 30°C
Relative Humidity: 15 – 85% (Non-condensing)
NOISE GENERATION ≤ 60dBA

The ePlex system’s sleek and technical design reflects its improved capabilities.  Recognizable sloped wrap-around face, expansive touchscreen, and recessed cartridge insertion slots with lighting mark the ePlex system as unique among all diagnostic instruments in the clinical laboratory.

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Comprehensive Multiplex Panels

Respiratory Pathogen (RP) Panel

The ePlex Respiratory Pathogen (RP) Panel identifies the most common viral and bacterial organisms associated with upper respiratory infection.

Blood Culture Identification

Fungal targets associated with bloodstream infections from positive blood culture.

Private: Blood Culture Identification Gram-Positive (BCID-GP) Panel

Organisms and antimicrobial resistance genes associated with sepsis from positive blood culture.

Private: Blood Culture Identification Gram-Negative (BCID-GN) Panel

Organisms and antimicrobial resistance genes associated with sepsis from positive blood culture.

ePlex Panels in Development

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CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM PANEL (CNS)
Bacterial, viral, and fungal targets associated with central nervous system infections from a cerebrospinal fluid sample.

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GASTROINTESTINAL PATHOGEN PANEL (GI)
Bacterial, viral, and parasitic targets associated with gastrointestinal infections from a stool sample.

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HCV GENOTYPING PANEL (HCVg)
Typing and subtyping of HCV 1a, 1b, 2a/c, 2b, 3, 4, 5, and 6 from plasma or serum.

To learn more about the ePlex®: The True Sample-to-Answer SolutionTM or to schedule a demonstration, contact us at +41.41.229.42 60 or email us.

[1] Martin A Makary, Michael Daniel. Medical error—the third leading cause of death in the US. BMJ, 2016; i2139 DOI: 10.1136/bmj.i2139
[2] The National Academics of Sciences Engineering Medicine. https://www.nap.edu/read/9728/chapter/4#39. Accessed April 20, 2017