KLAS Report Examines EMR Practice Market by Specialty

Inaugural KLAS report dissects ambulatory vendor performance scores by practice specialty.

OREM, Utah - Oct. 12, 2010 - Healthcare research firm KLAS announces a first-of-its-kind report examining ambulatory EMR performance by physician specialty, rather than by practice size.  Providers are invited to download a complimentary copy of the KLAS Ambulatory EMR - by Specialty report through the KLAS Web site.

 "Different practice specialties have different functional needs and create unique challenges for EMR vendors.  The timelines and financial incentives involved with meeting meaningful use requirements make it more important than ever for providers to have access to good data to aid in vendor selection," said Mark Wagner, Director of Ambulatory Research at KLAS.  "This report gives providers another resource to help them make sense of vendor assurances and product demonstrations."

Work on this EMR report began shortly after the annual HIMSS conference in Atlanta.  The Ambulatory EMR - by Specialty report is organized into three key areas:  1) Vendor performance by individual specialty, 2) performance by grouped specialties (primary care, advanced care, & multi-specialty) and 3) vendor performance summaries. The data is presented in an easy-to-read scorecard format where each provider rated product within a specialty has been given a letter grade. These letter grades reflect the products' KLAS performance scores, which are based on direct client feedback and are composed of 25 different performance indicators.

"The report does not cover every vendor or specialty, but it's a good starting point in meeting the needs of the providers.  The letter grades are a direct reflection of current vendor performance and the grading scale makes it easy to see how the vendors perform in a variety of specialties.  Ideally, these grades open doors for meaningful provider discussions with vendors," added Wagner.

For more information about the ambulatory EMR market, healthcare providers can visit the KLAS Web site or download a complimentary copy of the Ambulatory EMR-by Specialty report .  Vendors and others may purchase this report through the KLAS Web site.

About KLAS
KLAS is a research firm specializing in monitoring and reporting the performance of healthcare vendors. KLAS' mission is to improve delivery, by independently measuring vendor performance for the benefit of our healthcare provider partners, consultants, investors, and vendors. Working together with executives from over 4500 hospitals and over 2500 clinics, KLAS delivers timely reports, trends, and statistics, which provide a solid overview of vendor performance in the industry. KLAS measures performance of software, professional services, and medical equipment vendors. For more information, go to www.KLASresearch.com, email [email protected], or call 1-800-920-4109 to speak with a KLAS representative.

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Media Contact:
Andrea Morrill
KLAS
801-734-1591
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