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Meaningful Use Pushes Physician Adoption to the Top of Community Hospital IT Requirements

New KLAS report looks at the market for hospital information system purchases at hospitals with fewer than 200 beds



    OREM, UT, August 25, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Unlike past purchase decisions where cost and resource requirements dominated, community hospital executives now consider physician adoption the number-one criterion when purchasing a hospital information system (HIS) solution, according to a report from KLAS.

In "Disruption in Community HIS Purchases: It's All About Physician Adoption," KLAS interviewed 64 community hospitals with fewer than 200 beds that were planning to purchase an HIS. The report found that, in light of new meaningful use requirements, many community hospital executives are now considering more complex - and often more costly - IT solutions, which many providers perceive as supporting greater clinician adoption.

"The ARRA is driving the emphasis on physician adoption," said Paul Pitcher, KLAS research director and author of the community HIS report. "Meaningful use requirements are forcing buyers to focus on this issue rather than cost and infrastructure, which were the much more significant criteria in the past."

Meditech still dominates provider mindshare for HIS solutions, with McKesson also gaining significant traction recently. Meditech continues to leverage its reputation as a low-cost, integrated solution, with 70 percent of providers including Meditech in their selection process. McKesson Paragon was the next most-considered solution, with 48 percent of providers planning to include Paragon in their due diligence. However, the focus on physician adoption is also bringing a new group of vendors into purchasing discussions.

"Cerner, Eclipsys, Epic and Siemens Soarian are at the table more frequently due to a perceived higher potential for clinician adoption," Pitcher said. Of those vendors, Cerner was mentioned by 30 percent of respondents as a solution they would consider, followed by Eclipsys and Epic at 16 percent each, and then Siemens Soarian at 8 percent.

The consideration of these traditional large hospital solutions in community HIS purchases has also been spurred by the shrinking opportunity for new sales among large organizations. The KLAS report notes that, while 95 percent of hospitals with more than 200 beds have already chosen their clinical information system, many more new buying decisions are occurring among smaller organizations. In effect, the community hospital market is the new battleground.

Other vendors highlighted in the KLAS report include CPSI, Healthland, HMS, Keane and QuadraMed.

To learn more about the community HIS market, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of participating vendors, the report "Disruption in Community HIS Purchases: It's All About Physician Adoption" is available to healthcare providers online for a significant discount off the standard retail price. To purchase the full report, healthcare providers and vendors can visit www.KLASresearch.com.

About KLAS

KLAS is a research firm specializing in monitoring and reporting the performance of healthcare vendors. KLAS' mission is to improve delivery, by independently measuring vendor performance for the benefit of our healthcare provider partners, consultants, investors and vendors. Working together with executives from more than 4,500 hospitals and over 2,500 clinics, KLAS delivers timely reports, trends and statistics, which provide a solid overview of vendor performance in the industry. KLAS measures the performance of software, professional services and medical equipment vendors. For more information, go to www.KLASresearch.com, email marketing@KLASresearch.com or call 1-800-920-4109 to speak with a KLAS representative.

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