A new report from vendor research firm KLAS Enterprises examines the degree to which vendors of clinical information systems for hospitals with more than 200 beds are meeting the changing needs of clients.

Report authors found that the meaningful use program increased sales, but that integration to reduce the complexity of managing data across an enterprise is more important to these hospitals than usability. Consequently, many hospitals are looking to standardize their clinical information systems platform across all facilities.

"Ranked first in new hospital contracts, Epic offers integrated clinical, patient financial and ambulatory solutions with above-average usability and an unmatched track record of successful implementations in hospitals with more than 200 beds," according to KLAS. "Even though they lag behind in technology and are not the cheapest solution available, their ability to integrate systems and show strengths that cater perfectly to the current market trends helped them lure many clients away from competitors last year."

Cerner Corp. was second to Epic in signing new hospitals in 2010, according to the report, but many of contracts were with existing clients that implemented Cerner in their other facilities. Other vendors in the report include Allscripts (Eclipsys), GE Healthcare, McKesson, Meditech, QuadraMed and Siemens. The report, "Clinical Market Share 2011: Is Stimulus Money Still Stimulating?" is available for purchase at klasresearch.com/reports. Providers get a substantial discount.


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