All Press Releases for August 30, 2012

Meaningful Use Consulting Firms Booming and Delivering

Demand for meaningful use (MU) assistance has exploded, increasing competition between third-party consulting firms--most of whom are excelling in MU-related work.



    OREM, UT, August 30, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Most providers have not attested for meaningful use Stage 1, most frequently citing quality measures and reporting as their biggest challenges. That has them increasingly reaching out to consultants for assistance, according to the KLAS report "Rapid Growth of Meaningful Use Consulting: Why Providers Are Reaching Out."

User adoption, software upgrades, and updates also rank high in the challenges providers cite for implementing electronic medical records. One CFO said, "We were struggling to do the implementation ourselves, and I ultimately bit the bullet and hired [our firm] to come in and help us get our act together. It turned out to be one of the best decisions of my professional career."

KLAS identifies a total of 51 firms that have conducted at least one MU-related project, engaging in everything from strategic advisory services and lead roles in implementations to supporting implementation engagements and to implementation and staff augmentation projects.

Most firms are performing well and are satisfying healthcare provider expectations. More than half (61 percent) of the ranked firms in this report achieve a score of 89 out of 100 or above.

In such a high-performing market where competition is increasingly fierce, the KLAS report distinguishes firms by the services they offer, the vendors they focus on, and their performance. It also discusses providers' biggest MU needs, which firms fill those needs, the market trends, and the future outlook on the market.

Beyond attesting for Stage 1, healthcare providers are looking to consulting firms to partner with as they navigate years of upcoming regulations and potential policy changes, according to the report.

To learn more about consulting firms' MU-related engagements, the report "Rapid Growth of Meaningful Use Consulting: Why Providers Are Reaching Out" is available to healthcare providers online for a significant discount. The 23 rated firms in the report are Accenture, Aspen Advisors, Beacon Partners, CSC, CTG, Cumberland, Dearborn Advisors, Dell Services, Deloitte, Encore Health Resources, ESD, Hayes Management, Impact Advisors, Innovative Healthcare Solutions, maxIT, Navin, Haffty & Associates, Nordic Consulting, Peer Consulting, Preferred Solutions, PwC, Santa Rosa Consulting, Vitalize Consulting Solutions, and Xerox.

About KLAS
KLAS is a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers to be heard and to be counted. Working with thousands of healthcare executives and clinicians, KLAS gathers data on software, services, medical equipment, and infrastructure systems to deliver timely reports, trends, and statistical overviews. The research directly represents the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance. KLAS was founded in 1996, and their staff and advisory board average 25 years of healthcare information technology experience. For more information, go to www.KLASresearch.com, email marketing@KLASresearch.com, or call 1-800-920-4109 to speak with a KLAS representative. Follow KLAS on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KLASresearch.

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