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Healthcare organizations across the globe face difficult decisions in selecting partners and solutions that will produce the best outcomes. Our team of researchers is committed to helping you answer the most pressing industry questions using insights that come directly from your peers.

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The KLAS research team publishes 55+ insight-driven reports per year, covering the most pressing questions facing healthcare technology today. The executive summaries of our reports are available to healthcare providers and payers at no cost, in exchange for a willingness to share their experiences with KLAS. Each report contains the following core features:

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Our goal is to make engaging with our data fast and easy for you. All of our key report findings are in short, two-page executive summaries with what you need to know at a glance. For those who need in-depth background information, we offer our extensive write-ups with detailed insights, demographics, report methodology, and custom commentary through our Partner-level memberships.

Key findings and analysis from in-depth peer interviews

Through the lens of provider experiences, the KLAS team evaluates the current success of healthcare technologies and services and projects future trends. Along with this analysis, KLAS reports include frameworks that help to make sense of complexities in care delivery and benchmark the vendors' positions to help.

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Each report is filled with recommendations and best practices from actual customers that KLAS interviews. We carefully validate that each and every product review was given by an actual person directly involved with the solution being measured, so you can trust the insights.

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Patient Financial Experience 2020: Driving Additional Revenue by Improving the Financial Experience

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Fostering a positive financial experience for patients—and thereby capturing a more steady stream of revenue—is critical as healthcare organizations deal with the financial uncertainty created by COVID-19 and other industry forces. This report looks closely at patient financial engagement platforms and patient financing services—two segments of the patient financial experience market—to determine how vendors compare in terms of customer satisfaction, what capabilities customers find most beneficial, and what benefits have been achieved for patients.

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Wellsheet: Emerging Technology Spotlight 2020

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Physician burnout is a real problem, but Wellsheet has developed a solution that integrates into the EHR to improve workflow and identify gaps in care. This report looks to validate whether Wellsheet is helping to reduce physician burnout through customized workflows and physician coordination tools.

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Updox: Digital Fax Addendum

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In early 2020, KLAS published our first look at digital fax solutions. That report examined satisfaction feedback from the most advanced users of four digital fax solutions. Data for several other vendors, including Updox, was too limited to be shared at that time. However, additional advanced Updox customers have since been interviewed, and this addendum examines their customer experience.

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Kameda: First Look 2020

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Kameda Infologics—an established EMR/HIS vendor in Japan—is expanding their YASASII platform into the Middle East. This report is KLAS’ first look at the experience of Kameda clients; its goal is to provide early insights into satisfaction among customers outside Japan.

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Databound: Emerging Technology Spotlight 2020

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Healthcare organizations are increasingly looking to robotic process automation (RPA) solutions to automate and execute billing and claims processing. This spotlight is an early look at the outcomes and satisfaction of Databound customers.

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340B 2020: An Update on the Evolving Market and a First Look at Contract Pharmacy Performance

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Over the last several years, the 340B management market has evolved significantly—additional types of organizations can now qualify as covered entities, and new vendors have entered the market. This report aims to clarify the new landscape, share an update on 340B customer satisfaction, and offer a first look at satisfaction with contract pharmacy management.

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Financial Improvement Consulting 2020: Performance Improvement in a Time of Upheaval

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Possibly the only constant in healthcare is that money is tight, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only tightened margins further by limiting health systems’ revenue for an undetermined amount of time. In this perfect storm of financial pressures, many organizations have turned to consulting firms for guidance to improve their financial performance. This report examines nine such firms, including the types of work they do and how well they deliver the financial outcomes clients need and expect. 

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ERP 2020: A Deep Dive on the Pillars of ERP

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ERP purchase decisions are based on a variety of factors, including both high-level considerations (like vendor relationships and performance across the pillars of ERP) and individual client needs in specific areas of functionality. This report offers both a broad perspective of ERP vendors’ overall performance and an in-depth analysis of key functionalities within each pillar. As data was gathered via KLAS’ standard evaluation and a special supplemental evaluation, sample sizes often vary across metrics. 

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Okadoc: Middle East Emerging Technology Spotlight 2020

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Dubai-based healthcare tech company Okadoc helps patients find nearby doctors and book appointments online. Okadoc also offers a telehealth solution (developed since the COVID-19 crisis). This spotlight report will highlight experiences of early adopters in the Middle East.

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Socially Determined: Emerging Technology Spotlight 2020

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Two schools of vendors are emerging for social determinants of health (SDOH) software: vendors that enable the network and vendors that provide in-depth analytics to help providers and payers make sense of complicated SDOH data. Socially Determined is one of the latter. This report looks at the outcomes and satisfaction of Socially Determined’s early adopters.

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Interoperability 2020 Post-Acute & Behavioral Health: A First Look at Carequality and CommonWell Early Adopters

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Since it was established in November 2018, the CommonWell-Carequality connection has been utilized mostly by acute and ambulatory care organizations. More recently, post–acute care (home health, hospice, long-term care) and behavioral health organizations have started to connect to the national networks; the large majority of these early adopters find the connection valuable. This report—KLAS’ first on interoperability in the post–acute care and behavioral health markets—examines which vendors are connected today and the level of usability achieved by their most advanced customers.

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Interoperability 2020 (Acute/Ambulatory): Adoption and Usability Differ Significantly Between EMR Vendors

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The national interoperability networks of Carequality and CommonWell Health Alliance have become some of the primary means by which patient records are shared between healthcare organizations in the US. However, the number of organizations connected to these plug-and-play networks and the usability of the shared data vary significantly depending on the EMR in use. This report—a follow-up to research <a href="/report/interoperability-2019/1395" data-id="1395" data-itemtypeid="7">published in early 2019</a>—examines adoption and usability among advanced users of the main acute and ambulatory care EMR vendors.

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Patient Intake Management 2020: Helping Clinics Keep Their Doors Open During COVID-19

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Patient intake is a critical part of any ambulatory practice. In the era of COVID-19, technology solutions in this area have become more important than ever to help maintain social distancing protocols, screen patients for self-reported COVID-19 risk factors and symptoms, reduce patient/staff contact, and give patients a safe, convenient experience. Patient intake management solutions have continually evolved to meet organizations’ needs, with many new vendors gaining market share and more longstanding vendors expanding on the functionalities they offer.

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Post-Acute Care 2020: Portfolios Grow with an Eye on Enterprise

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Every health system knows that their long-term success hinges on what happens in the post–acute care and behavioral health settings. As a result, this report examines customer satisfaction with the technology vendors available in these areas and explores which offer the broad, comprehensive portfolios many healthcare organizations seek. Future reports will validate which vendors are being used in an enterprise fashion and how solutions are being used to enable referral management and care transitions.

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Healthcare IoT Security 2020: Great Options in an Emerging Market (A Decision Insights Report)

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Adoption of security solutions for the healthcare internet of things (IoT) continues to grow as healthcare organizations look for ways to understand and manage the risk associated with connected devices. In most deployments, the focus has shifted from securing mainly medical devices to covering both medical devices and the broader IoT devices found in healthcare settings. As the market matures, organizations are also beginning to look beyond core capabilities—where most solutions are comparable—to factors like cost, ROI, expertise, and vendor culture when making buying decisions. With many strong options in the market, the bar for vendors is high. KLAS spoke with 51 healthcare organizations to understand which vendors are being selected and why and to glean early insights into customer satisfaction.

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Healthcare AI 2020: Investment Continues but Results Slower Than Expected (A Decision Insights Report)

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The benefits of integrating artificial intelligence (AI) into the healthcare ecosystem are undeniable,<sup>†</sup> and investment from healthcare organizations is increasing at a fast pace. Yet few organizations have settled on any one AI vendor as their go-forward choice—most use a hodgepodge of solutions to meet their needs. In this report, KLAS examines the recent AI purchase decisions of 47 organizations to determine which vendors are being considered and chosen, which are being replaced, and why provider and payer organizations choose the AI solutions they do (technology? service? healthcare expertise?). Additionally, we share customer satisfaction data from current users of ClosedLoop.ai, DataRobot, Epic, Health Catalyst, Jvion, and KenSci and examine healthcare’s perceptions of the cross-industry AI giants—Amazon, Google, IBM, and Microsoft.<br /><sub>† For details about how KLAS defines AI in healthcare, see "<a href="/report/healthcare-ai-2019/1291" data-id="1291" data-itemtypeid="7"><u style="color:#0076ce">Healthcare AI 2019: Actualizing the Potential of Artificial Intelligence</u></a>."</sub>

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Selat Revenue Cycle Outsourcing: First Look 2020

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Selat provides outsourced revenue cycle services that help hospitals and other medical organizations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia optimize their revenue cycle performance. They also provide revenue cycle and marketing advisory services. This report provides early insights into the customer experience of Selat’s healthcare clients.

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Zoom Health: Emerging Technology Spotlight 2020

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Everyone knows Zoom, but how well does the solution perform for healthcare organizations looking to handle the immediate demands created by COVID-19 as well as develop long-term strategic initiatives? In this Spotlight, KLAS examines the early outcomes and satisfaction of some of Zoom’s healthcare customers.

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Epic Pharmacy Solutions 2020: What Progress Has Epic Made With Medication Inventory and IV Workflow Management?

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Despite pressure to take an Epic-first approach to software decisions, many pharmacies at Epic organizations have held on to third-party products due to the relative immaturity of some of Epic’s more recently developed pharmacy solutions. However, Epic has put significant focus on broad pharmacy development (the only enterprise EMR vendor to have done so), and customers want to know—is it time to switch? To answer this question, this report explores medication inventory management (MIM) and IV workflow management—the two areas where Epic has focused much of their development efforts—to validate what capabilities these modules deliver and where gaps still exist.

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A Digital Pathology Addendum 2020: TRIBVN Healthcare

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In 2019, KLAS published our first look at digital pathology solutions. A number of leading organizations using digital pathology solutions for primary diagnosis were interviewed, with particular focus on reference sites from vendors in North America and Europe. The study highlighted some of the most prevalent vendors in the market, such as Philips and Sectra. KLAS also validated organizations using or considering other vendors, including TRIBVN Healthcare, for imaging management (i.e., PACS/workflow). TRIBVN Healthcare came to KLAS’ attention too late for them to be fully measured in the 2019 report. However, the vendor has since shared a customer list with KLAS, and this addendum examines the experience of those customers.<br /><br />The framework below—from the 2019 report—details the technologies that healthcare organizations need to get started with digital pathology. For more on the performance of other digital pathology vendors, the best practices recommended by successful organizations, and potential benefits of the technology, <a href="/report/global-digital-pathology-2019/1349" data-id="1349" data-itemtypeid="7">see the full report</a>.

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Implementation Leadership 2020: Which Firms Consistently Help Clients Hit the Ground Running?

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When healthcare organizations implement new IT solutions or upgrade existing ones, they want implementation partners who can help them successfully navigate the change and hit the ground running. To find out which services firms are most consistent in delivering implementation success, KLAS interviewed organizations that have recently used a firm for implementation leadership (i.e., consultants and project leadership were provided, either overall or at the project management level). Their insights can help your organization decide which implementation partner is right for you.

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Shared Smart Devices 2020: The Latest Generation of Devices for Nurses

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Shared smart devices are devices used by multiple care team members—mainly nurses but also some hospitalists and therapists—within the walls of the hospital. These devices are increasingly popular in healthcare as a means of improving communication and potentially consolidating the nurse toolbelt. In this high-level update to KLAS’ <a href="/report/clinical-mobility-2018/1250" data-id="1250" data-itemtypeid="7"><u>2018 clinical mobility report</u></a>, KLAS spoke to organizations using the latest devices from Apple, Vocera, or Zebra (about 10 customers per device). Have new models addressed older versions’ challenges with connectivity, call quality, durability, and battery life? Which devices best meet customer needs? Do Apple and Zebra continue with high mindshare, and what (if any) adoption have Ascom, Samsung, or Spectralink generated? Where does Vocera fit in the market landscape?

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Value-Based Reimbursement 2020: How Far Have We Come?

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<p style="font-size:18px; color:#c05131">Insights from CHIME’s 2019 “HealthCare’s Most Wired” data, KLAS Population Health Management Cornerstone Summit, and KLAS Decision Insights</p>In the nearly 10 years since accountable care organizations were first established, healthcare organizations have been slow to take on risk-based agreements, especially those with downside risk. While the industry agrees that the rising costs and stagnant outcomes of fee-for-service (FFS) are not sustainable, healthcare executives are becoming less optimistic about how quickly value-based reimbursement (VBR) will outpace FFS. This report examines data from a variety of sources to measure industry progress toward VBR and explore how technology is being used to support it.

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BD Alaris Recalls: Flash Insights Report 2020

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Occasional product recalls are an expected nuisance of working with medical devices. However, following the recent series of recalls involving the BD Alaris smart pump—the largest of which was categorized by the FDA as a Class I recall and initiated on February 4, 2020—KLAS has received an unprecedented volume of questions from Alaris customers. Based on feedback from 53 individuals at 50 Alaris customer organizations, this report examines what impact the recalls have had on BD customers’ satisfaction and future plans and whether BD has been successful in addressing patient-safety concerns and minimizing disruption.

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Oncology 2020: A Comprehensive Look at Medical Oncology and Radiation Therapy Solutions

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An estimated 1.8 million new cancer cases<sup>†</sup> will be diagnosed in the United States in 2020. In order to treat cancer at these volumes and achieve the best outcomes for patients, healthcare organizations—<strong>including comprehensive cancer centers, community oncology practices, and oncology facilities associated with acute care hospitals</strong>—need oncology software and equipment with up-to-date functionality, strong integration, and good vendor support. With the goal of helping healthcare organizations understand their options, this report provides a comprehensive look at the oncology IT market, examining customer satisfaction with medical oncology software, radiation oncology software, radiation therapy equipment, and treatment planning software.<br /><sub>† See <a href="https://www.cancer.org/" style="color:#2A74BB;"><u>cancer.org</u></a></sub>

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Carrot Health: Emerging Technology Spotlight 2020

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Carrot Health focuses on bringing SDOH-related insights to their customers to help them deliver a more targeted level of care to their patients. As SDOH figures more prominently in population health management and whole-person care, healthcare organizations have requested an early look at the Carrot Health customer experience.

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Enterprise Revenue Cycle 2020—Advanced User Insights: The Value of Consolidation

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While enterprise strategies for clinical technology are common, the complexity of the revenue cycle has, to date, precluded such an approach on the financial side, as no one vendor provides all the revenue cycle functionality organizations need. However, Change Healthcare, Experian, nThrive, and Waystar now claim to have expansive portfolios that fill the gaps left by the EMR and to have customers who have adopted a broad range of their revenue cycle technology. The goal of this report is to validate the veracity of these claims and gain insight into how this early market is shaping up—is enterprise revenue cycle adoption real? Do organizations who have broadly adopted one vendor see valuable benefits?

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Risk Adjustment & Analytics 2020: A First Look at Vendor Performance

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In the risk adjustment and analytics space (solutions and services supporting population stratification, reporting, and/or analytics for CMS or other risk-based contracts), four vendors tend to dominate mindshare and market share—Change Healthcare, Cotiviti, Inovalon, and Optum. But market share is not a guarantee of a strong customer experience, and some organizations have started to consider and choose other options. This report shares available vendor options, market perceptions of the most prominent vendors, and an early look at how well vendors meet client needs and drive outcomes. As KLAS research in this market is early, most satisfaction data is limited.

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Emerging HCIT Companies 2020 Mid-Year Update: Top-of-Mind Healthcare Technologies

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<p>Representing the feedback of 255 healthcare professionals from 210 different provider organizations, this report indexes the healthcare IT (HCIT) vendors and market segments that are top of mind for healthcare organizations today. As would be expected, the worldwide pandemic has generated significant interest in telehealth, patient engagement, and other remote care solutions. In total, this report includes more than 100 emerging vendors in these and other high-interest markets.</p> <p>Annually, KLAS conducts thousands of interviews with provider organizations to better understand their experience with their HCIT vendors. However, not all vendors are measured by KLAS today—some emerging vendors have very small customer bases, and others work in market segments outside KLAS’ current focus. To gain insights into vendors we might not currently measure, KLAS asks interviewed organizations to share the most innovative or potentially disruptive HIT vendor they have seen or heard about recently. The companies and market segments that have surfaced during these interviews are shared in this report; in the future, KLAS will monitor the companies that continue to pique market interest and gain mindshare among healthcare organizations.</p> <p style="font-size:10px">Note: The data in this report was collected January 2020–June 2020.</p>

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Alagen: First Look 2020

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Alagen provides cybersecurity services for companies in healthcare, finance, education, and more. This report is KLAS’ first look at the experience of Alagen healthcare clients. The goal of KLAS’ First Look reports is to validate the initial feedback of healthcare customers.

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Force Therapeutics: Emerging Technology Spotlight 2020

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Patient engagement is an area of high interest as organizations look to increase patient wellness. Force Therapeutics is an episode-based care management solution offering increased interaction between patients and care teams, from surgery through recovery. This spotlight is an early look at the customer experience.

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Xealth: Emerging Technology Spotlight 2020

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Providers are constantly looking for ways to better deliver information and tools to their patients. Xealth provides tools that allow healthcare providers to order and manage digital content and services so patients can access them in the patient portal. This spotlight explores the experience of early adopters.

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Boston Software: Emerging Technology Spotlight 2020

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Robotic process automation (RPA) is not a new concept, but adoption of RPA solutions in healthcare is starting to heat up, and providers are looking at these solutions to automate and execute billing &amp; claims processing. In this spotlight, KLAS provides an early look at Boston Software Systems and the early outcomes and performance of some of their healthcare customers.

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Algorex: Emerging Technology Spotlight 2020

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Social determinants of health have been a topic of growing interest for years, and there are two schools of emerging vendors: software vendors and services firms. Algorex Health provides services that help customers maximize their investments in workflow tools and scale, support, and grow their SDOH programs. This report looks to validate the outcomes and satisfaction of Algorex’s early adopters.

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PROCLE Healthworks: Emerging Technology Spotlight 2020

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Due to COVID-19, remote-based patient engagement and telehealth tools are a top priority in healthcare. PROCLE Healthworks’ social network platform provides HIPAA-compliant telehealth, video-broadcasting, and analytics tools aimed at improving patient relationships and outcomes. This Spotlight explores the experience of its early adopters.

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Middle East & North Africa (MENA): A 2020 Regional Telehealth Guidebook

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, demand for telehealth services and solutions has skyrocketed. This guidebook—a collaboration between KLAS and the MENA Telehealth conference (an MWAN Events initiative)—is intended to help healthcare organizations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) understand some of the prominent telehealth options in their region amid a rapidly evolving information technology landscape. <br /><br />Readers should note that (1) this resource is not an exhaustive list of all telehealth vendors or solutions available and (2) <strong>the solution descriptions herein have been supplied by the vendors themselves and have not been validated by KLAS or MENA Telehealth.</strong>

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Bails & Associates: First Look 2020

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Bails &amp; Associates provides Infor implementation services for human capital, supply chain, and financial management applications. KLAS has not previously reported on Bails &amp; Associates, and this report thus constitutes a first look at their clients’ experience. The goal of First Look reports is to validate the initial feedback of early respondents.

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Colburn Hill Group: Emerging Technology Spotlight 2020

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Robotic process automation (RPA) is not a new concept, but its adoption in healthcare is starting to heat up. Healthcare organizations are looking at these solutions to automate and execute billing and claims processing. In this spotlight, KLAS looks at Colburn Hill Group and the early outcomes and performance reported by healthcare customers.

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Uber Health: Emerging Technology First Look 2020

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As provider organizations are looking to increase patient access to care, this Spotlight report provides an early look at Uber Health, a non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) solution that provides ride scheduling and trip analytics. Reliable, lower-cost transportation is one way to reduce no-shows and help patients make it to their appointments, and this Spotlight report will validate Uber Health's initial performance, the functionality early adopters are using, and the outcomes they expect to achieve.

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Vendor Performance in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

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<p>The COVID-19 crisis needs no introduction—it has rocked healthcare and will change the world for decades to come. Now, with the first wave definitively underway, what have provider organizations in the heart of this crisis reported about their technology and services vendors’ responses? What technologies have organizations relied on the most? What solutions are making the biggest difference? How does COVID-19 change organization budgets and purchasing plans moving forward? What vendors will organizations increasingly look to coming out of this crisis?</p><p>As more waves of COVID-19 cases are likely, KLAS hopes this report helps vendors improve their response and helps provider organizations know where to turn for additional assistance. A vendor-generated listing of potentially helpful COVID-19 technologies and services is available on the <a href="/report/covid-19-technology-and-services-solutions-guide/1734" data-id="1734" data-itemtypeid="7">KLAS website.</a></p>

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Radix Health: Emerging Technology Spotlight 2020

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Amidst the shift to value-based care, healthcare organizations are putting a lot of focus on patient engagement and the patient experience, including enhancing the way patients interact with them online, i.e., creating or improving their digital front door. This report seeks to validate the experience of early adopters of Radix Health, who claims to help organizations acquire and retain patients, reduce delays in care, lower cost, and delight customers through their digital front door solutions.

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Legacy Data Archiving 2020: Which Vendors Consistently Exceed Expectations?

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When healthcare organizations purchase new software systems, consolidate existing products, or acquire other facilities, they are often left with legacy software solutions that need to be retired. Shuttering these systems and archiving the data is an opportunity to reduce costs while maintaining access to historical patient data. Organizations that have gone through this process recommend considering the following when choosing a data archiving partner:<ul><li><strong>Project Size &amp; Complexity:</strong> Which vendors have completed projects similar to yours in terms of the number of hospitals/clinics involved, the number/type of applications being archived, etc.?</li><li><strong>Extraction &amp; Implementation:</strong> Late projects extend the amount of time legacy systems must be maintained and paid for. Which vendors set proper expectations and consistently hit timelines?</li><li><strong>Customer Satisfaction:</strong> What does customer satisfaction with system functionality and ongoing support look like post-implementation?</li></ul>

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Pediatric Ambulatory EMR 2020: Best EMR Performers in Pediatric Settings

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Despite their unique needs, many ambulatory pediatric offices are expected to “make do” with generalized EMR templates and charting. From growth charts, to well-child visits, to immunization tracking, to registry integration, pediatric offices often find their EMR doesn’t meet their needs. This report examines which EMR vendors best ensure pediatric provider success by providing an outstanding EMR and tailored service. Note that this report is focused on ambulatory-focused vendors, including pediatric-specific EMR vendors.

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Signify Health Community: Emerging Technology Spotlight 2020

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Social determinants of health (SDOH) solutions are a top-of-mind subject for healthcare decision-makers. SDOH vendors work to extend the care of patients beyond the walls of the hospital or clinic to address all the factors that support a healthy population, including food security, adequate housing, and mental health care. Signify Health looks to differentiate themselves by providing a privacy-enabled collaboration platform between community-based organizations (CBOs) and healthcare providers, while providing these services for free to social service organizations. This spotlight validates the early outcomes and performance of Signify Health.

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Smart Pump/EMR Interoperability 2020: First Look at Customer Satisfaction

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For the first time, adoption of bidirectional smart pump/EMR interoperability is high enough that KLAS can examine customer satisfaction—at least among BD and ICU Medical users on the pump side and Cerner and Epic customers on the EMR side. How well do these four vendors support their customers’ pump/EMR interoperability efforts? Are specific vendor combinations more likely to achieve success? In addition, this report examines what progress (if any) other pump and EMR vendors have made with interoperability development and adoption.

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Clinical Communication Platforms 2020—Advanced User Insights: The Next Step in the Evolution of Secure Communications

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Clinical communication platforms continue to evolve, and the COVID-19 pandemic has put increased emphasis on communication workflows. To learn what is possible and what best practices lead to success, KLAS conducted interviews with healthcare organizations identified by their vendor partners as the most advanced in clinical communication; three to five advanced users were interviewed for each vendor. These organizations are seeing real outcomes, such as improved efficiency, security, and patient satisfaction. The following sections cover what workflows communication platforms are being used for, outcomes achieved, and advanced users’ lessons learned.

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PACS 2020: Ability to Scale Drives Decisions, with an Eye on Enterprise Imaging

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The PACS market is currently an evolving, dynamic space ripe for disruption—many provider organizations are replacing legacy PACS solutions and enterprise imaging (EI) is on the rise. As provider organizations examine potential vendor partners, the following three considerations are top of mind:<ol><li>Are current customers satisfied (and does the vendor deliver consistently regardless of client volume)?</li><li>Can the vendor scale to meet the complex needs of large-volume organizations?</li><li>What is the vendor’s EI strategy and how well can they provide EI guidance?</li></ol>Today, no vendor has proven themselves in all three areas. This report will examine vendor performance in each. 

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ERP 2020: New Energy Reflects Changing Customer Expectations (A Decision Insights Report)

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Recent purchase decisions in the healthcare ERP market (defined by KLAS as financials [GL/AP], HR &amp; payroll, and supply chain management) have been largely dominated by provider organizations looking to move to the cloud. Hoped-for benefits include improved system reliability and security, improved efficiency, and reduced capital investment. But there are challenges with cloud solutions as well, such as poor implementations, limited functionality, and outages and connectivity issues. This report examines 73 ERP purchase decisions made since the beginning of 2019 to determine the reasons behind ERP replacements and new selections. What is most important to provider organizations: technology and innovation, or vendor experience and relationships? Which vendors are gaining momentum, and which are being left behind?

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Unite Us: Emerging Technology Spotlight 2020

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Solutions for social determinants of health (SDOH) are a top-of-mind subject for healthcare decision makers. SDOH vendors work to extend the care of patients beyond the walls of the hospital or clinic to address all the factors that make up a healthy population, including food insecurity, inadequate housing, mental health care, etc. Unite Us differentiates themselves by building robust networks of health and social services in the markets they serve. To date, they have built 55 of these community-based networks and have 40 additional networks in process. This spotlight validates the early outcomes and performance of Unite Us.

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UiPath: Emerging Technology Spotlight 2020

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Robotic process automation (RPA) is not a new concept, but its adoption in healthcare is heating up, with provider organizations looking to RPA to automate/manage inventory levels, support digitization of patient files, optimize appointment scheduling, and process billing and claims. This report looks at UiPath and the early outcomes and satisfaction of some of their healthcare customers.

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Speech Recognition (Front-End EMR) Segment Highlight 2020: Who Has Shown They Can Deliver Promised Technology?

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Overall, customer satisfaction is high with the front-end speech recognition solutions from 3M (MModal), Dolbey, and Nuance. Since performance is high across the board, two key factors become important considerations as organizations decide which solution is right for them: (1) scalability— which vendors have proven able to scale to an organization of our size? and (2) delivery of new technology—which vendors have the ability to not just share plans for the future but actually roll out this technology in a successful way (i.e., install it properly, support it well, and ensure user adoption)? This report explores these key differentiators amid a number of notable market changes.

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Delivering Customer Success in a Time of Crisis, Part 2: Learnings and Insights from Vendor Interviews

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<p>As healthcare organizations have battled on the frontlines to keep the COVID-19 pandemic in check, they have turned to their HIT services and technology vendors for help, seeking expertise and resources, innovative solutions, and flexibility in contracting, deployment, and payment. Many HIT vendors have answered the call and are doing their best to meet customer needs. <strong>Based on interviews with 102 HIT technology vendors and services firms,</strong> this report seeks to share learnings and insights that vendors have gleaned thus far as well as common challenges they have encountered.</p> <p>Our hope is that highlighting these insights will help vendors continue their work of helping healthcare organizations achieve both short-term and long-term success.</p>  <p style="font-size:12px"><em>Note: All vendors who participated in the research will receive a deeper dive into these insights.</em></p>

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Medial EarlySign: Emerging Technology Spotlight 2020

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In 2019, KLAS began sharing research on vendors offering artificial intelligence (AI) based solutions to support better outcomes for patient care. This spotlight focuses on the performance of Medial EarlySign, who was not included in KLAS’ 2019 AI report because of the limited number of customers in this emerging field. 

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Clinical Optimization Services 2020: Who Can Help Pull the Right Levers to Accelerate EMR Value?

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Nearly all healthcare organizations today have implemented an EMR, but many clinicians express dissatisfaction with their system’s workflows and overall usability. This often stems from gaps in training and customization, which aren’t always prioritized during the initial implementation. Regardless of the reason, these issues contribute to poor EMR adoption and clinician burnout. To solve these problems, clinical optimization services firms offer three key levers proven to help organizations realize the promised value of their EMR: (1) workflow refinement, (2) application enhancement, and (3) clinician training.

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Go-Live Support Segment Highlight 2020: Differentiating Firms in a High-Satisfaction Market

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Provider organizations looking for go-live support have many experienced, knowledgeable firms to choose from, but how can they differentiate the good firms from the exceptional ones and ensure their engagement goes as smoothly as possible? Based on the feedback of current clients, this report examines overarching trends in the go-live support market and highlights each firm’s individual strengths and weaknesses.

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Payer Core Administration Platforms 2020: New Decisions & New Life (A Decision Insights Report)

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A core administration platform is the transactional heart of a payer organization—it is used to enroll new members, process and pay claims, and manage product lines and benefits. Many of the products in this market, while needed and typically stable, have been around for decades and are highly customized, hosted on-premises, and often seen as old and complex. Many payers are therefore reluctant to replace these systems because the risks and required effort are so high.<br /><br />But recent buying activity suggests the payer core administration platform market is seeing revitalization. Triggered by the opportunities and challenges of payment reform and value-based care, payers are looking ahead and starting to bid for new vendor partners. <br /><br />KLAS spoke with 30 payer organizations who are making or have recently made purchase decisions, and they shared their candid feedback and insights regarding what vendors they have considered, selected, and/or replaced. These interviews reveal new energy and life in a market long overdue for change—in terms of both product and service delivery. 

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Complex Claims Services 2020: Bringing Knowledge and Skills to the Claims Market

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Some healthcare claims are harder to manage than others—in particular, out-of-state Medicaid, motor vehicle accident, VA, and workers’ compensation claims. In order to focus their resources on other claims, provider organizations often contract on a contingency basis with specialized firms who have ample experience handling one or more of these complex claim types. Typically, these firms achieve higher paid-claim rates and cash recovery than organizations would on their own. This report is meant to help provider organizations find the right firm for them by examining which firms manage which types of claims and how well each firm performs for clients. 

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Aquity Solutions: Emerging Technology Spotlight

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This Spotlight report focuses on Aquity Solutions, a virtual scribe service. KLAS Spotlight reports draw on the feedback of early adopters to answer common questions provider organizations have when considering emerging, disruptive, or innovative technology. By revealing which product features and functionalities are actually in use, exploring customers’ expected outcomes, and capturing early satisfaction data, Spotlight reports make it possible for provider organizations to separate fact from fiction.

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Healthcare EMR AI 2020: A Closer Look at EMR Offerings

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Previous KLAS research on artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare examined customer satisfaction with AI-focused vendors. However, as provider organizations develop go-forward AI strategies, they want to know: What capabilities are available from the solution that represents their organization’s largest HIT investment—their EMR? To answer this question, this report investigates what EMR vendors are doing in the world of AI.

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Global (non-US) EMR Market Share 2020: Regional Vendor Energy Rising

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2019 saw a marked uptick in EMR purchases in nearly every region of the world. Total decisions increased by more than 50%, for a total of 224 contracts involving 565 facilities. Large regional or group decisions shaped the landscape in Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. Regional solutions’ energy increased as purchasing accelerated in regions where multiregional vendors lack a strong presence or haven’t recently excelled.

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COVID-19 Telehealth Guide: Solidifying a Telehealth Strategy

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Use of telehealth technology, which until recently had been increasing at a gradual but steady pace, has sharply accelerated in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. Relaxed privacy and reimbursement regulations have—at least temporarily—removed some significant barriers to providing this type of care, and with healthcare organizations looking to reduce face-to-face visits, many are either deploying telehealth technology for the first time or expanding their current offerings. This resource—the first of two COVID-19 focused telehealth reports—aims to provide high-level guidance helpful to organizations as they make immediate decisions and also solidify long-term telehealth strategies. It includes high-level overviews of validated vendors’ current customer satisfaction, key questions to consider in building a strategy, and a consolidated view of KLAS’ previously published telehealth reports.

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Clinical Decision Support 2020: Progress and Innovations in CDS

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In an ideal world, clinicians would be able to practice medicine unencumbered by unnecessary restraints, including those created by the technology designed to assist them. With this goal in mind, approaches to and technology for clinical decision support (CDS) have been evolving, from passive and reactive to predictive and proactive.

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Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM): Flash Insights Report 2020

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The new Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) proposed by Medicare went into effect January 1, 2020. Now that the dust has settled, KLAS reached out to home health organizations to understand how this change has impacted their operations. 52 agencies responded, sharing insights into how smooth or disruptive the transition was, how helpful home health vendors have been, and how the new model has impacted the bottom line.<br /><br />Note: The majority of responses came from agencies using Axxess, Brightree, Epic, Homecare Homebase, Netsmart, or WellSky.

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US Hospital EMR Market Share 2020: Shifting Perspectives Among Large and Small Hospitals

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In 2019, EMR purchase decisions in the private sector had a dramatic impact on Cerner, MEDITECH, and the small-hospital market, with Epic continuing to amass market share.

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Ambulatory RCM Services 2020: Dynamic Market Changes and New Players

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Amid recent market changes, including multiple acquisitions and divestments, the ambulatory RCM services landscape is evolving. This report highlights both the core EMR vendors who offer ambulatory RCM services and some disruptive new entrants—solution-agnostic (i.e., third-party) players who are gaining significant traction and, in some cases, raising the bar for customer satisfaction.

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Caregility: Emerging Technology Spotlight 2020

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This Spotlight report focuses on Caregility, an inpatient telehealth video platform. KLAS Spotlight reports draw on the feedback of early adopters to answer common questions provider organizations have when considering emerging, disruptive, or innovative technology. By revealing which product features and functionalities are actually in use, exploring customers’ expected outcomes, and capturing early satisfaction data, Spotlight reports make it possible for provider organizations to separate fact from fiction.

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Delivering Customer Success in a Time of Crisis, Part 1: Guide for Vendor Success during COVID-19

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<p>To support the healthcare community in this time of crisis, KLAS recently published a solutions guide highlighting various technologies and services healthcare organizations can use in the fight against COVID-19. Approximately 200 HIT companies and services firms are represented in the guide. While vendors have taken a positive step in making these solutions available, an organization’s success with any given offering will be determined in no small part by the vendor’s ability to deliver. KLAS feels our broad perspective on customer experience can help both healthcare organizations and vendors be successful in tackling COVID-19.</p><p>To that end, this white paper examines three areas in which vendor delivery, if not done correctly, can potentially damage customer relationships and prevent customers from achieving long-term success. These red flags are based on customer feedback about how vendors are responding to the current crisis and on general best practices KLAS has identified in over 20 years of customer experience research.</p><p>Our hope is that highlighting potential pitfalls and best practices will help vendors, who have already moved mountains to help the industry, continue their work of helping healthcare organizations achieve short-term and long-term success.</p><p style="font-size:12px"><em>Note: All current KLAS members will receive a deeper dive into these insights during their yearly executive session.</em></p>

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Technical Services 2020: A Tip-of-the-Spear Look at a Growing Market

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Say what you want about meaningful use, but its success in spurring EMR adoption is hardly debatable. A wealth of healthcare data has now been captured electronically, but if it is to optimize patient care and provider collaboration, it must be available in a useful, accessible format. A broad range of technical skills are needed to convert data and integrate clinical applications, analytics tools, and other platforms. For help in this area, many provider organizations turn to the technical expertise of services firms. This report—focused on an initial subset of these firms (see below)—examines performance and capabilities in a market that sees high satisfaction overall.

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Healthify: Emerging Technology Spotlight 2020

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This Spotlight report focuses on Healthify, who provides a social determinants of health (SDOH) solution. KLAS Spotlight reports draw on the feedback of early adopters to answer common questions provider organizations have when considering emerging, disruptive, or innovative technology. By revealing which product features and functionalities are actually in use, exploring customers’ expected outcomes, and capturing early satisfaction data, Spotlight reports make it possible for provider organizations to separate fact from fiction.

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Aunt Bertha: Emerging Technology Spotlight 2020

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This Spotlight report focuses on Aunt Bertha, a social determinants of health (SDoH) solution. KLAS Spotlight reports draw on the feedback of early adopters to answer common questions provider organizations have when considering emerging, disruptive, or innovative technology. By revealing which product features and functionalities are actually in use, exploring customers’ expected outcomes, and capturing early satisfaction data, Spotlight reports make it possible for provider organizations to separate fact from fiction.

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COVID-19 Technology & Services Solutions Guide

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<p>To our provider friends:</p><p><strong>You need solutions and you need them fast.</strong> We have asked the vendor community to share what they are doing/can do to help your organizations in this crisis. Given the short time frame, KLAS has not validated any of these claims.</p><p>We will not waste time with a long introduction—we just hope this helps you. Good luck in the weeks ahead. Reach out to your KLAS representative if we can help you. Thank you for bearing the weight of this crisis. We deeply appreciate your sacrifices.</p><p>—The KLAS Team</p>

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Behavioral Health EMR 2020: Struggling Market Sees Some Changes in Satisfaction

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Organizations using behavioral health EMRs report some of the lowest satisfaction scores of any market segment KLAS rates. While there is still broad need for improvement across vendors, the last year has seen significant shifts—some vendors have stepped up and improved their delivery, while others have seen significant drops in customer satisfaction. What factors are driving these changes?

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Phynd: Emerging Technology Spotlight 2020

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This Spotlight report focuses on Phynd, a solution for provider data management. KLAS Spotlight reports draw on the feedback of early adopters to answer common questions provider organizations have when considering emerging, disruptive, or innovative technology. By revealing which product features and functionalities are actually in use, exploring customers’ expected outcomes, and capturing early satisfaction data, Spotlight reports make it possible for provider organizations to separate fact from fiction.

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Epic Ambulatory 2020—Community Connect: The Reality of Community Connect vs. Direct Contracting

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Because of Epic’s presence in the healthcare market and their record of strong performance, many standalone (i.e., not associated with a hospital) midsize to large ambulatory organizations have chosen or are seriously considering Epic’s platform. These organizations have two options: contract directly with Epic for an independent instance of the solution, or contract with a local hospital/IDN under the Community Connect model. This research—KLAS’ first look at the differences between these approaches on the ambulatory side—includes two main findings from standalone ambulatory organizations:<br /><br />(1) With direct contracting, Epic delivers a highly satisfactory experience for midsize to large ambulatory organizations.<br />(2) Those on Community Connect, who rely on their host organization for support, tend to be considerably less satisfied and fault Epic for allowing host organizations to deliver an experience below Epic’s usual standard.

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Augmedix: Emerging Technology Spotlight 2020

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The healthcare market is saturated with start-ups and emerging technology, making it difficult for provider organizations to separate fact from fiction. Drawing on direct interviews with early adopters, KLAS Spotlight reports shine a light on emerging technology vendors, enabling provider organizations to cut through the hype. With input from the KLAS Advisory Board, provider partners, and healthcare innovation centers, KLAS identified common questions provider organizations have when considering emerging technology. <br /><br />This Spotlight focuses on Augmedix, a physician documentation service, used to document patient encounters and other tasks, and seeks to answer these questions, detailing customers’ anticipated outcomes and capturing early performance scores.

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Blockit: Emerging Technology Spotlight 2020

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The healthcare market is saturated with start-ups and emerging technology, making it difficult for provider organizations to separate fact from fiction. Drawing on direct interviews with early adopters, KLAS Spotlight reports shine a light on emerging technology vendors, enabling provider organizations to cut through the hype. With input from the KLAS Advisory Board, provider partners, and healthcare innovation centers, KLAS identified common questions provider organizations have when considering emerging technology. <br /><br />This Spotlight focuses on Blockit, a referral and patient scheduling management solution, and seeks to answer these questions, detailing customers’ anticipated outcomes and capturing early performance scores.

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Opioid Management: Insights from CHIME's "Healthcare's Most Wired"

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<p><strong style="color:#c05131; font-size:20px">A Look at Strategies Employed by the Nation’s Most Advanced Ambulatory Healthcare Organizations</strong></p><p>Each year, acute and ambulatory care organizations from around the world take part in CHIME’s “Healthcare’s Most Wired” program, whose goal is to improve healthcare by encouraging the optimal use of information technology. These organizations are surveyed regarding their current adoption levels and strategies across many HIT areas. Based on the responses of 137 advanced ambulatory organizations in the US, this report delves into how organizations are using technology to battle opioid use disorder (OUD).</p>

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Suki: Emerging Technology Spotlight 2020

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The healthcare market is saturated with start-ups and emerging technology, making it difficult for provider organizations to separate fact from fiction. Drawing on direct interviews with early adopters, KLAS Spotlight reports shine a light on emerging technology vendors, enabling provider organizations to cut through the hype. With input from the KLAS Advisory Board, provider partners, and healthcare innovation centers, KLAS identified common questions provider organizations have when considering emerging technology.<br /><br />This Spotlight focuses on Suki, a clinical digital assistant used to document patient encounters and other tasks, and seeks to answer these questions, detailing customers’ anticipated outcomes and capturing early performance scores.

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NowPow: Emerging Technology Spotlight 2020

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The healthcare market is saturated with start-ups and emerging technology, making it difficult for provider organizations to separate fact from fiction. Drawing on direct interviews with early adopters, KLAS Spotlight reports shine a light on emerging technology vendors, enabling provider organizations to cut through the hype. With input from the KLAS Advisory Board, provider partners, and healthcare innovation centers, KLAS identified common questions provider organizations have when considering emerging technology. <br /><br />This Spotlight focuses on NowPow, a solution provider for SDoH or Whole Person Care, and seeks to answer these questions, detailing customers’ anticipated outcomes and capturing early performance scores.

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Artificial Intelligence in Imaging 2020: Shifting Mindshare

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Many provider organizations are exploring the deployment and adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) in imaging, and market competition has begun to increase among vendors who offer this technology. Based on feedback from 81 organizations with advanced imaging strategies, this report explores what healthcare organizations have planned for AI in imaging and their perceptions of which vendors are best positioned to help (responses could apply to modalities or software). It also identifies best practices related to AI deployment and adoption as reported by some of the healthcare industry’s most successful AI users. In the near future, KLAS plans to publish in-depth case studies from customers of some of the most frequently mentioned vendors to explore what is currently being achieved with AI in imaging.

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Patient Perspectives on Patient Engagement Technology 2020

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In recent years, provider organizations have increased their investment in patient engagement technologies, but the outcomes they report are often provider-centric and don’t necessarily benefit patients directly. It is becoming increasingly important for the patient voice to be at the center of vendor development and provider deployment efforts. To help support this focus, KLAS surveyed over 300 patients, asking them which patient engagement technologies have been most impactful to them and how they expect these technologies to impact them in the future.

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Emerging HCIT Companies 2020: Top-of-Mind Healthcare Technologies

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<p>KLAS conducts thousands of annual interviews with provider organizations to better understand their experience with their healthcare IT vendors. However, not all vendors are measured by KLAS today—some emerging vendors have very small customer bases, and others work in market segments outside KLAS’ current focus. This report also includes some established companies newly disrupting the healthcare market (e.g., Amazon, Google, Salesforce). To gain insights on emerging companies in healthcare IT, KLAS asks interviewed organizations to share the most innovative or potentially disruptive HIT vendor they have seen or heard about recently. During the latter half of 2019, 341 healthcare professionals from 299 different provider organizations responded to this question.</p><p>This report shares the top-of-mind companies and market segments that surfaced from these interviews; in the future, KLAS will monitor those companies that continue to pique market interest and gain mindshare among healthcare organizations.</p><p style="font-size:10px">Note: The data in this report was collected in the latter half of 2019 (from July 2019–Dec 2019).</p>

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Healthcare Business Intelligence and Analytics 2020: Decision Insights Report

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The healthcare business intelligence (BI) and analytics market has become crowded, with vendors touting a variety of different benefits. Many healthcare organizations are looking to consolidate solutions, but who can meet organizations’ analytics needs and also bring departments together, aggregate siloed data, and drive outcomes in a consolidated way? This report examines 45 BI purchase decisions made over the last 18 months to determine what is driving buying decisions. Is it the solutions’ power/flexibility or the vendors’ experience/relationships? Which vendors are gaining momentum, and which are being left behind?

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Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM): Flash Insights Report 2020

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The new Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) proposed by Medicare went into effect in October 2019. Now that the first billing cycle under the model has passed, KLAS reached out to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to get early insights into how smoothly the transition went, how helpful their technology (EMR/therapy) vendors have been, and how the change has impacted their bottom line. The feedback came from a total of 48 respondents—11 executives, 20 directors, and 17 managers, analysts, and other healthcare professionals.

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Cerner Revenue Cycle Management, Report 4 of 4: Cerner Customers Waiting on Tangible Results

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In August 2018, representatives from some of Cerner’s largest and most complex customers met with Cerner executives to participate in a transparent summit around revenue cycle success. The purpose of this summit was to provide insights that would enable Cerner to conduct a <strong>significant pivot</strong> to regain client confidence and deliver a world-class RCM solution. In KLAS’ previous follow-up reports, customers reported that Cerner has delivered a road map, become more transparent, and worked to improve client relationships. This report is the final in the series and focuses on the tangible improvements that have been realized since the August 2018 summit.

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Patient Engagement Summit 2019: White Paper

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On November 11–12, 2019, healthcare IT leaders (20 from healthcare organizations and 19 from vendor organizations) gathered in Park City, Utah, to help guide the healthcare industry toward a common patient engagement target. The goal of this summit was two-fold: (1) to share success stories and recommendations for overcoming barriers and (2) to define what a patient engagement platform should entail.

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Best in KLAS 2020: Software/Services

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Best in KLAS is a recognition given to vendors for outstanding efforts to help healthcare professionals deliver better patient care. The Best in KLAS designation is reserved for the software and services market segments that have the broadest operational and clinical impact on healthcare organizations. Separate from the winners of Best in KLAS, Category Leaders also earn top honors for helping healthcare professionals provide better patient care. The Category Leader designation is reserved for use in select market segments that don’t qualify for Best in KLAS.

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Best in KLAS 2020: Global (Non-US)

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The Global Best in KLAS awards are given to vendors to recognize outstanding efforts to help healthcare professionals outside the US deliver better patient care. Global Best in KLAS awards are currently given in two software market segments that have broad operational and clinical impact on healthcare organizations around the world: (1) acute care EMR and (2) PACS.

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Healthcare IT Investor Update: 2020 Q1

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In the 2020 Q1 Investor Update, KLAS M&amp;A Advisory leader, Chris Chandler, discusses Revenue Integrity and Revenue Cycle Unicorns, the Digital Health Investment Symposium and Emerging Tech Recap, and Strategic M&amp;A deals done over the last 7 years with Boyd Stewart, Lauren Barton, Doug Tolley, and Emily Paxman. Watch the webinar to get the latest investment insights from KLAS experts.

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340B 2020: Service Weighs Heavy in Purchasing Decisions (A Decision Insights Report)

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The 340B program is considered a critical savings opportunity for covered entities and their contracted pharmacies, and over the past couple of years, KLAS has noted an increase in provider organization purchase decisions in the third-party administrator space. Some organizations are putting out RFPs because their current contracts are ending, but many others are seeking out solutions to fill the functionality and service gaps of their current 340B vendor. Newer market entrants, such as PSG and RxStrategies, represent additional options to consider alongside the already-established market players. While organizations continue to look for new technology and functionality in potential vendor partners, factors like service, support, and relationships have proven to be key to long-term customer success. 

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Payer/Provider Keystone 2019 White Paper: Payer and Provider Teamwork—Making the Ideal a Reality

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Payers and provider organizations work together to deliver and pay for over 3 trillion dollars of care each year in the United States. While this partnership in huge in size—greater than the GDP of all but 7 countries—it is an uneasy, often adversarial relationship. What could happen if these two parties were better aligned, with better trust and communication? Is this type of partnership possible? <p>Working toward these answers, KLAS gathered together several dozen provider, payer, healthcare technology and other industry experts and asked them these difficult questions, searched for instances of great partnership and identified possible opportunities to catalyze greater trust and alignment. </p>

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Digital Fax 2019: What Is Possible with Digital Fax?

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While healthcare industry buzz tends to focus on flashy technologies and new approaches to care, many provider organizations are still combating a highly analog problem: eliminating paper faxing.  While exact estimates vary, most medical communication still relies on faxing, even with nearly ubiquitous EHR adoption<sup>†</sup>. This report provides a unique look at digital fax solutions, which aim to support a fully digital documentation strategy. Vendors offering these solutions tout their ability to reduce costs, address the security concerns of paper faxing, and even solve interoperability challenges. How well do they deliver? KLAS interviewed organizations identified by vendors as their most advanced users in an attempt to understand what is possible with digital fax solutions.<br /><br /><sub>† <a href="https://www.vox.com/health-care/2017/10/30/16228054/american-medical-system-fax-machines-why"><u>“The fax of life: Why American medicine still runs on fax machines,”</u></a> Vox<br /><a href="https://healthitsecurity.com/news/90-healthcare-providers-still-rely-on-fax-machines-posing-privacy-risk"><u>“90% Healthcare Providers Still Rely on Fax Machines, Posing Privacy Risk,”</u></a> Health IT Security</sub>

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Global Digital Pathology 2019: What You Need to Know to Get Started

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Around the world—from Asia, to Europe, to Canada, to the United States—healthcare organizations have begun to use digital pathology technology for primary diagnostic work, not just research (for which digital pathology has been used for nearly a decade). Depending on your organization, moving to a digital pathology solution may not save you money, but it can result in benefits like improved quality and flexibility for remote reading, and it will lay the groundwork for telepathology capabilities that can help your organization deal with pathologist shortages predicted for the future. <br /><br />KLAS interviewed a number of leading organizations using digital pathology solutions for primary diagnosis, focusing on reference sites from vendors in the US and Europe, to highlight what healthcare organizations need to know to get started with digital pathology.

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Value-Based Care Managed Services 2019: Which Vendor's Profile and Performance Match Your VBC Needs?

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Despite reduced regulatory pressure, competitive and financial factors continue to drive organizations toward value-based care (VBC), yet making the transition is a complex and expensive undertaking, especially for smaller or midsize organizations, who may lack the resources and expertise of their larger peers. An array of services firms and software vendors offer managed services designed to help. These offerings vary widely, and provider organizations will want to consider several factors when choosing the firm that is right for them. This report examines eight services firms and software vendors who offer VBC managed services to examine the types of projects and organizations they work with and how well they perform.

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Enterprise Imaging 2019: Strategic Contributors to Progress

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Enterprise imaging strategies aim to align provider departments, priorities, and technologies to drive key outcomes. KLAS has watched some strategies evolve and grow while others struggle to take shape. The purpose of this report is to (1) provide an update on industry progress, (2) show how both healthcare provider organizations and vendors contribute to that progress, and (3) identify which enterprise imaging vendors act as true strategic partners that drive success.<p style="font-size: 24px; color:#2A74BB; margin-top:30px">What Is Enterprise Imaging?</p><p style="margin-top:-10px">KLAS defines enterprise imaging as the ability to store and/or view images across the enterprise from more than one service line or storage solution.</p>

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Value-Based Care Consulting 2019: Finding the Best Fit in a High-Performing Market

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Transitioning from fee-for-service to value-based care (VBC) is a top-of-mind concern for healthcare organizations. However, <u><a href="/report/healthcare-management-consulting-2018/1278" data-id="1278" data-itemtypeid="7">previous KLAS research</a></u> has revealed that VBC transformation is also the area in which healthcare executives are least familiar with which firms are well positioned to help. This report examines nine firms that provide value-based care consulting services to explore the types of work these firms do (and for who), how consistently the firms perform across clients, the outcomes they deliver, and the factors that drive these outcomes.

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Worksite Health Services 2019: Measuring Clinic Adoption and Outcomes

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As healthcare costs continue to climb, employers are attempting to mitigate the impact by taking measures to help manage and improve the health of their employees. A very tangible step—particularly common among self-insured employers—is to engage a worksite health services firm to provide employees (and sometimes their dependents) with primary care and related services. Employers generally agree that employees view workplace clinics as a nice benefit, but the real question is whether the clinics actually improve employee health and reduce costs. This KLAS report is intended to increase transparency in the market by shining a light on employers’ real-world experiences with various worksite health services firms.

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Ophthalmology 2019: Which Vendors Best Meet Ophthalmology Needs?

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As the US population ages, the demand for ophthalmology treatments, therapies, and procedures is increasing, as is the number of healthcare providers who deliver these services. The field of vendors who offer EMR software for ophthalmology practices is also changing amid strategic acquisitions and mergers. This consolidation has left large numbers of clinics wondering whether their EMR will be supported long term and which vendors can best meet their needs. This report—KLAS’ first on EMR performance in the ophthalmology market—attempts to increase transparency by examining vendor performance in areas such as ease of use, reporting, and ophthalmology-specific development.

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Population Health Care Management 2019: Adoption Early But Gaining Traction

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Care management is where the rubber meets the road in population health management (PHM). Many provider organizations are able to access their data, analyze it, and ascertain patient risk, but now they are pushing for better, more automated ways to manage the care of at-risk patients. Many vendors are struggling to keep pace with delivering care management (CM) capabilities due to siloed data and high variation in customer needs. Notably, several high-profile PHM vendors are not included in this research because their CM functionality is too limited, too early, and/or lacks sufficient adoption. <br /><br />This report, KLAS’ first look at the use of PHM software specifically for care management, shares what functionality vendors provide and how well those tools support care managers’ work—by first pulling in data to create a longitudinal record and then providing actionable insights and helping to identify and close care gaps.

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Revenue Integrity / Underpayment 2019: High Value Reported in High-Performing Market

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Healthcare organizations lose money when underpayments, transfer DRGs, and denials cause insurance payments and other types of income to be left on the table. Revenue integrity firms aim to solve this problem by helping organizations retroactively recoup revenue and proactively prevent future loss. In a big win for healthcare organizations, these firms are very high performing overall—of the services segments KLAS measures, revenue integrity is rated third overall and first for value and customer loyalty. Rather than splitting hairs on the performance of a high-performing pool of options, this report focuses on firms’ individual services offerings to help organizations find the best fit (or fits, as many organizations leverage multiple firms).

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Revenue Cycle Unicorns 2019: Unique Solutions Closing Gaps

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The healthcare revenue cycle is a notoriously treacherous, high-stakes journey, and provider organizations who don’t have the right tools in hand are likely to get held up fighting high costs and lost revenue. While KLAS has done extensive research in the past on revenue cycle solutions, this report focuses on the solutions that take a more unique approach to tackling revenue cycle issues—in other words, revenue cycle “unicorns.” These solutions often don’t fit into KLAS’ traditional revenue cycle market segment, lack direct competitors, or are potentially disruptive to existing ways of doing business. As a result of their unique nature, the solutions rated in this report are not compared side by side but rather examined individually through the lens of customer experience.

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ERP Implementation 2019: Which Consulting Partner Is the Right Fit for Your ERP Implementation?

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Static for many years, the ERP software market has seen a resurgence of energy, thanks in part to the introduction of several cloud solutions. With this uptick in purchasing has come increased need for partners who can help organizations implement the technology and oversee the significant change management and training required—in fact, a number of interviewed organizations note that success might depend more on the implementation partner than on the actual software implemented. While some organizations choose their software vendor to manage the project, others engage a third-party firm. Which type of partner is right for your organization?

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Global PACS 2019: Vendor Performance in Shifting Market

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The non-US PACS market is shifting—as cloud technology and lighter infrastructure replace aging C/S models, several traditional market mainstays are no longer viewed as cutting-edge technology. The need for traditional workstations has not disappeared, but healthcare organizations are looking for vendors that are developing imaging platforms that will meet customer needs today and in the future. Based on perspectives from 325 individuals at 272 organizations in 48 countries and territories outside the US, this report examines global as well as regional PACS performance.

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