About Sapphire Health
In 2005, Charity Hospital was decimated by Hurricane Katrina. In 2015, we helped them bring their systems back to life. Rather than bootstrapping a group of divergent experts and consultants, we built a cohesive team that could take on all aspects of the new infrastructure: from technical systems deployment, security considerations, data migration strategy, and conversion from IBM AIX to RedHat Linux. This novel new approach allowed us to complete the project in less than a third of the normal expected project duration.
Once we’d built a path to success, we knew there would be no turning back. Since 2015, our team has grown and our expertise has expanded. We created a new approach to Epic migration and implementation, not because we could… but because it was time.
We are a new kind of company, disrupting a broken model. Our innovative approach ensures quicker turnarounds, which save you money and more efficient cut-overs, which can literally help you save lives.
When you work with Sapphire Health Consulting, we won’t just ask for your trust, we’ll guarantee our results.
Turn knowledge and experience into action and outcomes that will improve healthcare and impact future generations.
The History of Sapphire Health
Sapphire Health was founded in 2015 with the mission of supporting healthcare organizations in the midst of complex transition, when a group of seasoned healthcare IT professionals recognized a significant gap in the market for a consulting company focused on the hardcore technical aspects of an Epic implementation.
Our founder, Austin Park, was serving as the interim CTO of a major health system in New Orleans that made the decision to standardize on Epic EMR. He was asked by the system CIO to work with others to investigate options for an Epic hosted solution to overcome the skills gap. The complexity of interoperability to other dependent legacy systems quickly made hosting options untenable. But bringing all of the technical resources in-house proved to be far more difficult and expensive than expected and traditional Epic consulting shops operated in a staff augmentation model, simply providing talent not outcomes.
Sapphire Health was born in October, 2015 to solve that industry challenge. By June, 2016, the Sapphire Health Consulting team had successfully completed the migration of all EMR data from LSU HCSD in Shreveport to a newly implemented Epic system, which we helped to build from the ground up. In order to accomplish this, the Sapphire Health team took on all aspects of the new infrastructure, covering planning and design, technical systems deployment, security considerations, data migration strategy, and conversion from IBM AIX to RedHat Linux.
Our results speak for themselves: we completed the project in less than a third of the normal expected project duration.
Most Epic consultants think that technical services aren’t sexy. They’re right. Technical services aren’t sexy… they’re everything.
Freddy X. Almeida
Rudolph W Lewis III
“Our experience with Sapphire was refreshing from the start. They came in quickly and assessed what needed to be done and committed resources to support us through a very aggressive timeline. They were technically proficient and bent over backwards to fill any gaps we had while educating and guiding us through a significant change. We will use them in the future for related work and highly recommend their services.”