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KLAS Study Looks at EMR Vendors' Success in Driving Adoption

June 9, 2009
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Deep adoption among physicians is critical to the overarching success of an EMR implementation, according to new research from Orem, Utah-based

KLAS

which outlines which EMR products are best positioned to achieve meaningful use.

The report, Meaningful Use Leading to Improved Outcomes, examines how well core clinical vendors are delivering solutions for CPOE, nursing automation, medication administration and other key areas. According to its findings, Cerner, Eclipsys and Epic are the most successful with regard to physician adoption, while Meditech has the largest number of clinical information system (CIS) customers over 200 beds (327 hospitals), followed by Cerner (263) and McKesson (242).

However, the Meditech customer base has the smallest number of hospitals over 200 beds with deep CPOE adoption, registering just 3 percent. Among CIS market share leaders, Cerner leads with 23 percent and McKesson was found to have 5 percent. GE, QuadraMed and Siemens also enjoy some success with CPOE adoption, it says.

The report also evaluates vendor offerings for nurse charting, electronic medication administration record (eMAR), patient monitor interfaces to the EMR, electronic flow sheets and barcoding at the point-of-care. Cerner and Epic received the strongest ratings, followed by Eclipsys.

It also looks at some of the challenges that have hindered deployment, such as lack of tight integration or availability, and explores reviews of new versions of several EMR products. According to KLAS’ findings, McKesson Horizon 10.1, Meditech 6 and Siemens Soarian C6 all represent new product upgrades, each with the potential of improving CPOE adoption rates and integration issues.

For more information on the report, please visit www.KLASresearch.com.

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Interestingly, Midland Memorial Hospital has an open source EHR from Medsphere. They have nearly 100% adoption similar to the VA's success with paperless enterprise wide use of CIS. Its sad that those other systems are more expensive and have such low adoption rates. Its like turning on the lights, but now one can see or steer.

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