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6 HIE Vendors: How They Measure Up

Not all health information exchanges have successfully bridged the interoperability gap. A recent KLAS report on HIE vendors evaluated how well they deliver on their promises.
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KLAS ranked the Epic Care Everywhere platform as the top product in its research, scoring highest for customer relationships and functionality. According to the report, Epic hospitals have "virtually no setup" -- the functionality is built into the Epic EMR software and is easy to turn on, use, and connect with other Epic providers without additional expense. The report added that Epic works well for Epic-to-Epic exchanges, but its ability to share data with other EMRs isn't widely adopted and it doesn't work well with non-Epic systems; some Epic customers supplement with other HIE solutions. One user explained to KLAS that patients referred to specialists can't have their record reviewed by the referring physician, since the community isn't "Epic-focused," and, in turn, they need to see records outside the Epic system. The report mentioned clients would also like to see improvements in some functionality, including patient consent and better analytic capability.

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8/20/2013 | 9:23:19 PM
re: 6 HIE Vendors: How They Measure Up
It is important to choose the package that fits your requirements, it also very important to have the right infrastructure and to make sure that your software and infrastructure match. By load testing your application with virtual users, you can ensure you'll get the right performance before you go live. There are two schools of thought when it comes to automated performance testing. One looks at the back-end database and network activity to derive the performance. The other looks at time it takes the end-user to perform a task. We believe that true performance testing of any healthcare systems should be tested from the end user perspective and that is why we created our testing suite. Find out more at http://www.nrgglobal.com/healt...
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11/29/2012 | 6:20:22 PM
re: 6 HIE Vendors: How They Measure Up
Everyone should consider the fact that KLAS reviews are pay-to-play, which is an inherent conflict of interest for fairly evaluating software. Favorable review frequently go to the highest bidder.
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