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September 1, 2007
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KLAS Reveals Category Leaders

Recently, Orem, Utah-based KLAS announced its general market software leaders, based on input from users in the field.

The KLAS Top 20 Report is a bi-annual report card of vendor performance. The report is a summary of performance data collected over the past 13 months and ranks the top overall vendors, as well as leaders in each market segment.

Acute Care CDR, Orders and Charting: Epic EpicCare Inpatient

Acute Care Registration/ Scheduling/ Patient Accounting: QuadraMed Affinity

Cardiology PACS: ProSolv Cardiovascular (Fuji)

Decision Support- Business: EPSi Decision Support

Document Management and Imaging: MedPlus ChartMaxx

Emergency Department Systems: Wellsoft EDIS

Enterprise Scheduling: USA RMS

Financial/ ERP: McKesson PW Financial/Materials Mgmt.

Laboratory: McKesson Horizon Lab

PACS: DR Systems Dominator

Pharmacy: GE Centricity Pharmacy

Radiology: GE Centricity RIS-IC

Surgery Management: USA ORMS

Transcription and Back-End Speech Recognition: eScription EditScript

Community HIS: McKesson Paragon

Community Clinical Ancillary Solutions: McKesson Horizon Medical Imaging

Ambulatory Billing and Scheduling (Over 100 Physicians): Epic Resolute/PreludeCadence

Ambulatory Billing and Scheduling (26-100 Physicians): athenahealth

Ambulatory Billling and Scheduling (6-25 Physicians): athenahealth

Ambulatory Billing and Scheduling (1-5 Physicians): eClinicalWorks PM

Ambulatory EMR (Over 100 Physicians): Epic EpicCare Ambulatory

Ambulatory EMR (26-100 Physicians): Allscripts TouchWorks EHR

Ambulatory EMR (6-25 Physicians): Allscripts HealthMatics EMR (A4)

Ambulatory EMR (1-5 Physicians): MedcomSoft Record

Homecare: McKesson Horizon Homecare

Clinical Implementation Principal: IBM Healthlink

Clinical Implementation Supportive: Coastal Healthcare Consulting

Financial Implementation Principal: Fujitsu Consulting

IT Outsourcing (Extensive): Eclipsys

Outsourced Transcription: Focus Informatics Inc.

Planning and Assessment: Hayes Management

Revenue Cycle Consulting- Transformation: Stockamp & Associates Inc.

Technical Consulting: Accenx Technologies

Computed Radiology (CR): Konica Xpress CR Dual Bay

Computed Tomography (CT): Toshiba Aquilion 64-slice CT

Magnetic Resonance (MR): Toshiba Vantage 1.5T

Smart Pumps: B.Braun Outlook

Ultrasound: Toshiba Xario

CMS Rule Encourages e-Prescribing

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS, Washington, D.C.) has issued a proposed rule that would establish new policies and payment rates for physicians and other providers who are paid under the Medicare physician fee schedule (MPFS). This proposal is part of CMS's strategy to encourage adoption of e-prescribing.

Included in the proposed rule is a provision that would eliminate the exemption for computer generated faxes from the eprescribing standards.

According to CMS, it conducted a five-site pilot project in 2006 to test e-prescribing standards, including transactions that can communicate formulary and benefit and medication history information to the prescriber at the point of care. CMS contends it plans to move forward with a proposed rule to adopt additional standards that the pilot showed to be effective.

HIMSS Names New Society Fellow

Brian Lane, vice president of strategic alliances at AHA Solutions (Chicago), a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association, has been named a society fellow by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (Chicago).

Lane has over 15 years experience in the healthcare field. He has held consulting and strategic management positions for Fortune 500 companies and Big 4 consulting practices, and is a Rush University faculty member within the school's Health Systems Management program.

HIMSS has approximately 20,000 members, with only 336 of those achieving fellow status, the organization stated. Fellows must be members of the organization for a minimum of five consecutive years.

Corbin Leaves Sage

Andy Corbin

Andy Corbin

Andy Corbin has resigned from his position as president and CEO of Sage Software Healthcare.

Ron Verni, CEO of Sage North America and a director of The Sage Group plc, was immediately tapped to replace Corbin.

An announcement regarding the permanent succession plan for the role will be made "in due course," says the Tampa, Fla.- based software provider.

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