KLAS: athenahealth, Epic Leads Industry in Interoperability

KLAS: athenahealth, Epic Leads Industry in Interoperability

athenahealth and Epic leads the industry in overall interoperability, while eClinicalWorks, McKesson, GE, and NextGen are described as “interoperability laggards,” according to recent findings in KLAS’ inaugural interoperability report. The report, “Interoperability 2015: Are We Lifting Together?” highlights how provider organizations rate their EMR vendors in terms of how proactive and effective they are in sharing patient data outside their organization.

For the report, KLAS interviewed more than 240 providers across inpatient and ambulatory settings during a three-month period for this study. All participants identified barriers to interoperability. However, neither providers nor vendors mentioned technology as a missing ingredient, stating instead that lack of agreement on the use of standards and willingness to share information are more likely causes.

athenahealth Easiest to Connect To, Followed by Cerner and Epic

Participants identified athenahealth as the easiest to connect to, followed by Cerner and Epic. athenahealth was recognized as being able to easily deliver both simple and complex connections without passing on additional integration costs to its clients. Additionally, it KLAS recognized athena’s ability to outside patient data into the clinician workfow in a convenient format. Non-athena customers report that athena’s SaaS environment is easy to connect to, as they can connect to multiple practices with one interface.

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