KLAS names top health IT performers for 2007
The 2007 Year-End Top 20 Best in KLAS Report. Source: KLAS
KLAS has released its 2007 Top 20 Year-End Report, which details vendor performance ratings for health IT software, professional services and medical equipment. Results are compiled from evaluations received from healthcare professionals during the past 13 months.  

The report is published semi-annually to provide an overview for each market segment and provides a final score and vendor rankings for 2007. Year-end leaders receive the coveted “Best in KLAS” designation for one year.

Four new market segments have been added to the report this year. Three of the additions are for software:  discharge planning, medication order management systems and patient portals. The fourth addition is hand-carried ultrasound in medical equipment. 

Health IT software leaders
The general market software Best in KLAS leaders for 2007 are:

General market software leaders
Acute Care CDR, Orders and Charting: Epic EpicCare Inpatient
Acute Care Registration, Scheduling, Patient Accounting: Epic Resolute Hospital Billing
Cardiology PACS: Emageon VERICIS (Camtronics)
Decision Support, Business: EPSi Decision Support
Document Management and Imaging: Perceptive Software ImageNow
Emergency Department Systems: Wellsoft EDIS
Enterprise Scheduling: USA RMS
Financial and ERP: McKesson PW Financial/Materials Mgmt.
Laboratory: Sunquest Lab (Misys)
PACS: DR Systems Unity
Pharmacy: Epic EpicRx Inpatient
Radiology: GE Centricity RIS-IC (v.10)
Surgery Management: USA ORMS
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Community hospital software leaders
Community HIS: McKesson Paragon
Community Clinical Ancillary Solutions: DR Systems Unity

Physician practice software Best in KLAS leaders

Ambulatory billing and scheduling
Over 100 Physicians: Epic Resolute/Prelude/Cadence
26-100 Physicians: athenahealth
6-25 Physicians: AdvancedMD
1-5 Physicians: DoctorsPartner PM

Ambulatory EMR
Over 100 Physicians: Epic EpicCare Ambulatory
26-100 Physicians: Allscripts TouchWorks EHR
6-25 Physicians: Greenway Medical PrimeSuite Chart
1-5 Physicians: MedcomSoft Record

Other software Best in KLAS leaders
Home Care: McKesson Horizon Homecare

Professional services Best in KLAS leaders
Clinical Implementation Principal: IBM Healthlink
Clinical Implementation Supportive: Coastal Healthcare Consulting
Financial Implementation Principle: ACS
IT Outsourcing (extensive): Eclipsys
Outsourced Transcription: Encompass
Planning and Assessment: Hayes Management
Revenue Cycle Consulting: Transformation- Stockamp & Associates Inc.
Technical Consulting: Hayes Management

Medical equipment Best in KLAS leaders
Computed Radiography (CR): Konica Xpress CR Dual Bay
Computed Tomography (CT): Toshiba Aquilion 64-slice CT
Hand-Carried Ultrasound: ZONARE z.one
Magnetic Resonance (MR): Toshiba Vantage 1.5T MR
Smart Pumps: B. Braun Outlook
Ultrasound: Toshiba Xario

Medical equipment overall ranking
KLAS continues to expand its research on medical equipment through interviews with end-users who use the equipment for a variety of services for their organization. The medical equipment overall ranking includes those vendors/products that are fully rated in at least one category: computed radiography; CT; hand-carried ultrasound; MRI; smart pumps; and ultrasound. The rank is based on the current overall performance score. The score is calculated using all data from performance categories gathered over the past 13 months. The top 20 vendors/products recognized in the medical equipment category are:

1. Toshiba Aquilion 64-slice CT
2. Toshiba Xario ultrasound
3. Konica Xpress CR Dual Bay
4. Fujifilm XG5000 CR
5. Fujifilm FCR ClearView-CS
6. Carestream Kodak DirectView CR 975
7. Toshiba Aquilion 16-slice CT
8. Zonare z.one hand-carried ultrasound
9. Toshiba Aplio ultrasound
10. GE LightSpeed VCT 64-slice CT
11. Philips Brilliance 40-slice CT
12. Toshiba Vantage 1.5T MR
13. Carestream Kodak DirectView CR 850
14. GE Logiq 9 ultrasound
15. Fujifilm SmartCR
16. GE Signa HDx 1.5T MR
17. Carestream Kodak DirectView CR 950
18. Fujifilm FCR Carbon X
19. B.Braun Outlook smart pumps
20. GE LightSpeed 16-slice CT  

Best in KLAS vendors will be recognized for excellence in their respective market segments during an awards ceremony held at HIMSS in February 2008. More information about the report is available at: http://healthcomputing.com/top_20