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KLAS Reports: Integration is Key to Legacy Replacement

January 9, 2009
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Two new reports from Orem, Utah-based KLAS on LIS and Revenue Management speak to the growing trend among healthcare providers to seek greater integration between ancillary and core clinical systems.

Despite a challenging economy, the LIS report from KLAS found that 17 percent of hospitals with 200 beds and up plan to replace their lab systems within the next two years. For most, the vendor decision is split between best-of-breed and enterprise-wide solutions that support faster, easier integration with other clinical systems.

According to KLAS, the decision is similar when considering next-generation revenue management systems to replace aging patient accounting software, with advanced features versus enterprise integration a primary decision driver.

Among the vendors rated in each report, Epic Resolute Hospital Billing, an integrated solution, was the top-ranked revenue management product with a performance score of 86.8 out of 100, followed closely by QuadraMed Affinity Financials, a best-of-breed solution (86.0), and Meditech C/S Integrated Patient Accounting (75.5). For large hospitals with greater than 200 beds, Siemens Novius Lab was the top-rated laboratory information system (83.2), with Sunquest Lab placing a very close second (82.6) and McKesson Horizon Lab placing third (80.8). Among community hospitals, Orchard Harvest LIS took the top spot (91.5), followed by Antek LabDAQ (86.3) and Sunquest Lab (82.4).

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