There were honors to share for the top three hospital electronic health records systems developers in the annual Best of KLAS awards this year, with Epic Systems Corp., Cerner Corp. and Meditech all taking home awards.
But Epic won overall bragging rights with eight mentions, to four for rival Cerner and two for Meditech.
The Orem, Utah-based health information technology market research firm gave the Verona, Wis.-based Epic a top honor for its EpicCare Inpatient EMR for large hospitals with more than 200 beds. It was Epic's sixth consecutive win in the category.
The awards are based on surveys with the vendors' customers.
“Best in KLAS and category leader winners are the ones making the greatest strides within their market segments,” said Adam Gale, CEO and president of KLAS, in a news release. “KLAS is honored to work with talented healthcare providers who willingly share their experiences with us and make the Best in KLAS report possible.”
Meditech, Westwood, Mass., earned its Best in KLAS award for its Client/Server Community Health Information System, Version 6 for smaller hospitals of 1 to 200 beds. The HIS system is a suite of both an EHR and billing software.
And KLAS named Cerner, North Kansas City, Mo., a category leader for an “acute care EMR (community)” with its Millenium PowerChart/Community Works Clinicals.
Epic also was named Best in KLAS for both its ambulatory EMR and practice management system for larger medical groups (more than 75 physicians), its MyChart patient portal and Care Everywhere health information exchange and surgery systems and its patient accounting system for large hospitals (more than 200 beds). It earned a category leader award for its anesthesia system.
Cerner also won a Best in KLAS award for “Global (non-U.S.) patient administration systems” and for services with its application hosting service. Cerner was named a category leader in anatomic pathology for its CoPath Plus lab system.
Meditech also was named a category leader for its accounting system for community hospitals.
Athenahealth had Best in KLAS honors for its athenaClinicals EMR and athenaCollector practice management system for group practices of11 to 75 physicians. CureMD was named Best in KLAS for both its EMR and its practice management system for solo practices and groups up to 10 physicians.