As money flows into efforts to modernize healthcare IT systems, a wide variety of tech vendors -- from traditional healthcare systems providers to newcomers seeking a piece of the action -- are offering new systems, products, and services to assist caregivers in doing a better job of helping patients.
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Services and products: Accenture offers IT implementation services, management consulting, and compliance systems that address clients' administrative, operational, clinical, business, and technological needs. Its main clients are large hospitals and academic institutions. Accenture says it works with almost 60% of academic medical centers and 70% of the largest hospital systems.
Value to healthcare providers: Accenture's services can help healthcare providers implement electronic medical records, comply with government regulations, share critical data by developing health information exchanges, improve care by using healthcare analytics, make their supply chains and facility use more efficient, and collaborate with health plans, employers, and consumers. Accenture adds services as they are needed. For example, it recently added ICD-10 services to its offerings.