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10 Top Trends of 2015

10 Trends of 2015

Today we watch over 800 products across the continuum of care, publishing over 60 in-depth reports each year. We can barely keep up with everything—it is no wonder that we struggle to keep you up to date. So for all the healthcare leaders I work with (and the ones I don’t), here are a few findings you might have missed this year.
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Keystone Summit: Uniting Health IT Vendors

Today’s blog explores the courage, integrity, and tenacity displayed by vendor CEOs at the KLAS Keystone Summit. I get goosebumps when I get to work with vendor executives who exhibit the courage and integrity I would want in my vendor if I were responsible for a healthcare organization and the patient care we delivered was impacted by them. A similarly thrilling opportunity to...
  • NextGen
  • McKesson
  • Healthland
  • Greenway
  • GE
  • Epic
  • Cerner
  • athenahealth
  • Allscripts
  • Interoperability
  • KLAS Keystone Summit
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Will You Survive the Journey to Value-Based Care?

As a result of this massive market shift, many consulting firms and purpose-built value-based care managed services firms are trying desperately to position themselves as the best resource to help providers successfully prepare for and operate in this new and exciting world of value-based care.

KLAS Keystone Summit—United Nations or Continental Congress?

Getting 12 competitive EMR vendor executives in the same room at the same time was, in and of itself, a miracle. Having them agree on an interoperability measurement tool was a second miracle. And having them embrace an actual, transparent measurement of the current state and trajectory of interoperability in order to stave off unneeded and ill-advised government intervention, thereby allowing the private sector to self-manage, would be a third miracle.
  • KLAS Keystone Summit
  • Interoperability
  • EMR Interoperability

“I meant close the fridge, not the bridge,” a prominent comedian said.

Recently, 240 participants in a KLAS interoperability study overwhelmingly picked standards as key to the advancement of interoperability. Could that be interpreted as a need to develop more standards before real progress will be made? Thankfully participants’ voices fine-tuned the clamor around standards, noting that unclear standards are the greatest hurdle to sharing.
Population Health

Population Health: An RFA Market

Over the last few years, RFAs—or requests for anything—have become a reasonably common occurrence when healthcare organizations are looking for a healthcare IT vendor solution in the complex areas of population health and value-based care.
  • FRI
  • RFA
  • value-based care
  • Population Health
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Middle East Successes, Challenges and Trends

Several months ago, KLAS visited the Middle East region. Over the course of five days, we were fortunate enough to have site visits with nine healthcare provider organizations. Here are a few highlights from some of the conversations we had.
  • InterSystems
  • Epic
  • Cerner
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Saudi Arabia
Data Security

Health Data Security

The security of private health information is a mounting concern for everyone. Reports of various breaches that leave customers vulnerable often make headlines; even inadvertent breaches can cost a company significantly.
  • Security Breaches
  • Security
  • Data Security
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Women's Imaging

About one in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during the course of a lifetime. Due to this daunting statistic, women are becoming more informed about various imaging options and available procedures in order to mitigate late diagnosis.
  • GE
  • Siemens
  • Hologic
  • women's imaging
  • tomosynthesis
  • mammography
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athenahealth or eClinicalWorks: Which One Is Right For You?

A little over two months ago, provider energy and market momentum pushed KLAS to conduct an in-depth analysis around two powerhouse ambulatory vendors that dominate mindshare among ambulatory EMR decisions for independent physician practices. These vendors are athenahealth and eClinicalWorks.
  • ambulatory
  • eClinicalWorks
  • athenahealth

Combating Interoperability Failure, No More Patients Killed by Friendly Fire?

Are organizations hoarding? Unwilling to share? Uncooperative? Heartless? When referring to the sharing of patient clinical records, are we talking about EHR vendors, acute care provider organizations, family practice doctors, or HIEs? It doesn’t matter much if the patient dies as a result of not sharing records. It doesn’t much matter if that lack of sharing records kills the patient. In September of 2014, many of the largest EMR vendors challenged KLAS to step up and be the Switzerland of interoperability to help speed up plug-and-play clinical exchange that effortlessly slides into the clinician workflow. Accepting the assignment with trepidation, KLAS will use key findings from over 240 recent healthcare provider interviews as a catalyst for actionable solutions at the KLAS Keystone Summit, Oct. 1–2.
Implementation Potholes

Top Ten Ways to Avoid EMR Implementation Potholes

For KLAS’ recent report, Implementation Potholes 2015: How to Smooth Out the Ride , we interviewed healthcare providers, vendors, and consultants to determine which EMR vendors provide the smoothest implementations and which potholes each of the vendors’ clients can expect. As part of the report, we asked what best practices providers should employ to make the transition as smooth as possible. Our top ten findings are below.
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What Will the Coding Environment Look Like a Year from Today?

As the United States prepares for ICD-10’s deadline, healthcare providers across the nation look inward to evaluate their organizations’ ability to cope with efficiency loss. Many have purchased computer-assisted coding solutions, but, many of these providers still have unmet expectations. In order to hedge their bets, many organizations have contracted coders from multiple outsourced coding firms to supplement their in-house coders. The hope is that when they need even more coders, they will be able to leverage their existing vendor relationships to fill the gaps.

1,217 PHI Breaches and Counting

Since October 2009, 1,217 breaches of unsecured protected health information (PHI), each affecting more than 500 individuals, have been reported to the Office for Civil Rights. These breaches have affected a total of 133,253,121 people. As smaller breaches do not need to be reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the real number of PHI breaches is certainly much higher. For instance, the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) has found that since 2005, breaches in the medical/healthcare industry have affected more than 156 million people.
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Patient Portal Adoption: From 5% to 20% and Beyond

Patient access to clinical data is one of the most difficult-to-achieve aspects of meaningful use. Currently, only 5% of patients are required to be accessing data, but with meaningful use Stage 3 looming, the impending demands of payment reform, and the anticipated benefits of patient engagement in the value-based-care world, many providers are ramping up their patient portal efforts and are getting adoption rates well north of 20%.
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Acute EMR market consolidation – And then there were five

There are a significant number of providers running legacy EMR systems that will soon need replacement. Pressure from meaningful use continues to force change. Payment reform and value-based care are driving many provider organizations to standardize, merge, and partner to survive.
  • Allscripts
  • Siemens
  • QuadraMed
  • McKesson
  • GE
  • Epic
  • Cerner
  • EMR