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Provider perceptions reveal the lack of a clear market leader for enterprise analytics in healthcare.

Chicago, IL - July 15, 2013 - Healthcare providers perceive big-name BI brands as the leaders in business intelligence offerings, but these brands' lack of sufficient healthcare focus has left providers' needs unfulfilled. In the newly released KLAS report entitled Business Intelligence Perception 2013: Who Will Lead the Fleet?, providers emphasize that the inability of current offerings to encompass all of their needs is the primary reason the market lacks a clearly perceived leader.

While large BI vendors receive more attention than other players in this challenging and uncertain market, healthcare-specific analytics vendors are catching up as providers increase their focus on healthcare content, functionality and insight.

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KLAS examines ACO payers' efforts in the face of new payment models

Orem, Utah - July 9, 2013 - ACO payer agreements are profoundly altering payer-provider relationships. This from a KLAS report entitled Accountable Care Payers: Partners in a Changing Paradigm. The report examines early learnings and results from providers who have entered into commercial-ACO payer arrangements.

The report reveals insights into four national payers at the forefront of the accountable care movement and the key strengths and opportunities for each. 

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Users share key insights about needed improvements in revenue cycle and application management services

Orem, Utah - June 20, 2013- While relatively new to the market, Cerner CommunityWorks is quickly gaining traction in the community hospital space, especially with critical access facilities. In the newly released KLAS report entitled Cerner CommunityWorks: Newer Kid on the Block, providers report that clinical functionality and affordability make the Cerner offering easy to consider.

The report addresses each facet of the Cerner offering and provides candid advice from those already using CommunityWorks. It also provides insights into the functionality of the revenue cycle, application hosting and application management services.

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I just read an interesting article in the Washington Post about the high cost of medical procedures in the U.S.

 

The quintessence is that the USA is without competition! ...in regard to health care cost.

In 2009, Americans spent $7,960 per person on health care. Our neighbors in Canada spent $4,808. The Germans spent $4,218. The French, $3,978.
What they conclude is "If we had the per-person costs of any of those countries, America’s deficits would vanish. Workers would have much more money in their pockets. Our economy would grow more quickly, as our exports would be more competitive."


Compared to other countries, the price tag for medical care is dramatically higher in the U.S.

The attached image and link shows the results of a study which used available data that combines public, private, mixed and blended fee schedules to give a general trend of medical costs across countries. U.S. costs were based on data from Thompson Reuters and Kaiser Permanente. Birth procedures include prenatal and post-natal care.

High costs of medical procedures - a comparison chart
SOURCE: International Federation of Health Plans. GRAPHIC: Wilson Andrews - The Washington Post. Published March 2, 2012.

-> Link to the fulltext article.



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Providers value patient care over reimbursements

Orem, Utah - June 18, 2013 - Seventy-eight percent of providers using telehealth today report that they are focusing their energy on 5 of more than 38 telehealth disciplines, suggesting that providers feel those disciplines may offer the greatest return on investment. The KLAS report entitled Telehealth: Piecing the Puzzle Together reveals that providers are focusing on at least one of the following disciplines: home monitoring, psychiatry, stroke, neurology, and ICU.

Findings in the report reveal insights into the vendors and technologies that are the most utilized and where providers anticipate growing their investments.

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