Many vendors but few serious options in the crowded market for HIEs

July 7, 2010

OREM, Utah – July 7, 2010 – Whether connecting competitive hospitals or just linking to community physicians, healthcare providers considered 38 unique vendors in their search for health information exchange (HIE) technology, according to a KLAS report. Amid that crowded market, however, only five companies were considered in more than 10 percent of buying decisions.

The new KLAS report, Health Information Exchanges: Perception in an Expanding Frontier, examines the HIE software purchases or planned purchases of 95 healthcare providers, including which vendors they considered in their search. While nearly 40 vendors were named in the research, only a handful were considered with relative frequency. Medicity was considered in 23 percent of HIE buying decisions, followed by Axolotl (22 percent), RelayHealth (16 percent), ICA (11 percent) and Epic (11 percent) – though at this point Epic is strongly considered only for Epic-to-Epic connections.

The KLAS report also notes how the structure and management of a health information exchange dictates, in part, the kind of solution a provider will consider:
*         Public HIEs – A public exchange may belong to official state agencies or may be semi-independent with direct and typically temporary government backing. Public HIEs demand solutions with strong potential scalability and need standards-based technology.
*         Cooperative HIEs – In this model, otherwise-competitive hospitals work together to form independent HIE organizations, generally with an open invitation to other hospitals, clinics and physician practices. These HIEs often struggle to establish long-term funding and look for vendor solutions that offer flexible and affordable cost alternatives while best adapting diverse EMR technologies.
*         Private HIEs – In some respects, private HIEs are designed to enhance relationships as well as exchange data. Often, a single hospital or IDN creates an HIE hoping to draw in community physicians while protecting or increasing revenues. Funding is less complicated and these HIEs are more likely to be satisfied with solutions that best work with their existing technology.

Among the 38 vendors referenced by providers in Health Information Exchanges: Perception in an Expanding Frontier, these ten were considered most often: Axolotl, Cerner, dbMotion, Epic, GE, ICA, InterSystems, Medicity, Orion and RelayHealth. To learn more about the HIE market, as well as the vendor solutions being considered by potential buyers, the new KLAS report is available to healthcare providers online for a significant discount off the standard retail price. To purchase the full report, healthcare providers and vendors can visit www.KLASresearch.com/reports

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