Most ED info system vendors can't deliver Meaningful Use for providers

Out of roughly 500 providers surveyed by market research firm KLAS, 80 percent reported that they plan to use their Emergency Department Information Systems (EDIS) to meet the Medicare incentive program's Stage 1 Meaningful Use requirements. However, only one-third of those providers say their vendor can deliver; others lack the functionality.

"Actually being able to demonstrate meaningful use involves a combination of robust clinical tools that rely on integration," report author Steve VanWagenen said in an announcement.

Regional vendor CMR topped the list in the percentage of customers reporting that their EDIS delivered the needed functionality; Medhost, Wellsoft and Epic also scored well.

In contrast, Allscripts, McKesson and Meditech had functionality gaps, such as problems with computerized provider order entry.

In addition to enhancing care and the communication about that care, providers are looking to their EDIS solutions to improve ED efficiency. The ED often functions as a key admission point in a hospital, inefficiencies and bottlenecks in the ED can have a longer-term impact both operationally and financially.

To learn more:
- here's the KLAS announcement
- check out this article from CMIO