KLAS Blog

KLAS and the NHS: How will the UK Measure Interoperability?

I am really delighted to see that KLAS has begun their journey in helping the UK healthcare system measure interoperability. Having met with a cross section of CIOs and CCIOs in all care settings the KLAS team are getting this model together to reflect the UK health care system.

How Does KLAS Conduct Research?

I can still remember when, as a kid, I discovered the fine print at the bottom of my cereal box announcing, “You must be 18 years of age to enter” as a caveat to their “win your own spy-gear tool kit” contest. I learned two things that day: first, becoming James Bond isn’t a solid career path, and second, always check for fine print.

Happy Little Charts: An Artist’s Love for Healthcare IT

“We live in a data-driven world,” said Dona M. Wong in her book The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics. Data had been a foreign concept to me prior to joining KLAS—an element that belonged in the world of mathematicians and scientists, not artists. Now as a graphic designer at KLAS, I have the opportunity to make a direct impact on healthcare...

Are We Making Intelligent Health IT Decisions?

I am part of a US based, 24 hospital IDN based in the Midwest. We make many imaging purchases every year. Information on which vendor and model are selected and which are not is recorded and trended. Most decisions are made at the local entity with input from the system.

Interoperability and The UK: At the Center of History

Have you ever been at the center of history? I ask that question because for my whole life, I have been chasing history: driven by the desire to be a part of something bigger than myself, to be a part of a moonshot. To be able to look back and say, “Yep, I was there when that happened, and I was part of it.”

KLAS in the Garage

It seems as though every company has a garage origin story. KLAS has more of a kitchen-table story, but I’m still grateful to have been a part of it.

The Liquid Hospital

Richard Corbridge, CIO of the Health Service Executive and CEO of eHealth Ireland - "The Irish healthcare system has been on an exciting journey putting building blocks in place to create a digital fabric..."

#IUseKLASBecause - Spencer Erman

I have been involved with clinical informatics for around 10 years. Prior to this, I was an EHR end-user, then super-user, then physician champion. As I have come to learn, there are a myriad of things out there that may be used...

HIMSS 17: Solving the World's HIT Issues?

If you’re coming to the US to find answers to solve your country’s HIT problems, don’t. We haven’t solved very many yet ourselves. However, in my opinion, that can be a good thing.

#IUseKLASBecause - Ferdinand Feola

PMC first embarked on its electronic medical record (EMR) journey with the McKesson clinical inpatient system in 1998. They chose a best-of-breed path with their other IT needs, choosing to use Siemens MedSeries4 solution for: revenue cycle, scheduling, general ledger, accounts payable and materials management.

#IUseKLASBecause - Marty Paslick

Care begins when a patient enters the doors of an HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) facility, and often the first interaction in a patient’s journey happens during registration

#IUseKLASBecause - Corey Zeigler

FDRHPO (Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization) works with the North County Healthcare System in New York to evaluate, plan and strengthen the connection between the Fort Drum military community and healthcare in northern New York. One of our main goals is to identify the healthcare needs of Fort Drum, as well as the surrounding community.

#IUseKLASBecause - Brian Wetzel

As the director of diagnostic imaging and cardiology at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, I often find myself the position of decision-maker. In order to get solid data, I use KLAS.

#IUseKLASBecause - Miguel A. Vigo IV

Recently, Edward-Elmhurst Health rolled out our new price estimation tool. This change is providing extremely accurate and timely price estimations and price transparency to our patients for all payers and for all hospital services.

#IUseKLASBecause - Mary Alice Annecharico

It is important for me to know what my industry peers are saying about their experiences. Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) needs to know what the values and critiques are of vendor products, professional resources, and services—especially as we plan for capital and operating investments that will support our organization’s strategic needs.

#IUseKLASBecause - Rachel Dunscombe

Being the Intelligent CIO Customer Here in the UK, we used to have a magazine called Which? It was a consumer guide that came out monthly with features on everything from washing machines to cars. I secretly loved Which? and as a kid used to read it, looking at the scores and narratives around products.

Quigley Down Under

KLAS’ culture, as those who’ve interacted with us can tell you, is full of quirks. For example, the IT dept. named the printers around the office things like “chainsaw” and “deforester” as a reminder to keep our paper-waste to a minimum...

Hiring Character First

“How do we get our employees more engaged?” Many answers exist, and it all begins with great hiring. There are hundreds of different ways to attract candidates and fill positions, but at KLAS we look to hire character first.

Why the Arch? Explaining the Symbol of KLAS

For many, starting a new year involves looking back at the past with nostalgia. We’ve enjoyed walking memory lane to see how far we’ve come and, in many ways, what has stayed the same.

Population Health and Patient Engagement: Measuring Success

Participants at the Keystone Summit diligently vetted every detail of the proposed population health framework. One visiting provider executive, who was a bit uncertain of the gatherings benefit at the start, approached me mid-day and enthusiastically told me, “This is really great dialogue; I think the output of this conference will be very beneficial.” I have to agree with him!

Keystone Summit Providers: How Can Pop Health Vendors Improve?

It was fascinating to see the vendors working alongside the providers in trying to solve the population health puzzle. During the recent KLAS Keystone Summit, we had an opportunity to listen to/discuss ideas with a panel of thought leaders within the provider community.

Population Health: Casting a Broad Net

When I reflect on my experience at the Keystone Summit this year, I’m awestruck. I’m in awe that we got such a great group of HIT influencers together. I’m in awe that we put together a framework for a complex topic like population health. And I’m in awe that we did it all in such a short time.

How Close is Population Health to Being Full-Grown?

“How close are we?” A simple question of possible significant consequence. For a football team, “How close are we to the end-zone?” changes the plays you make. For a marathon runner, “How close am I to the finish line?” changes how hard you push.