Epic leads the way in medical informatics meaningful use

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Data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) suggests that medical informatics vendor Epic is currently the most widely used solution by providers attesting to the CMS’ meaningful use federal financial incentives, reports Information Week.

The CMS surveyed healthcare providers attesting to meaningful use criteria, and found that Epic’s medical informatics system was used by 28 percent of early respondents – equivalent to more than 6,000 providers. This figure represents more users than the next four clinical informatics vendors combined.

Data was collected from healthcare providers demonstrating meaningful use criteria through the Medicare program, as those attesting through Medicaid do not have to demonstrate eligibility criteriua to receive meaningful use payments during the first year.

Mark Anderson, a healthcare IT consultant based in Montgomery, Texas, told the news source that many of Epic’s customers are large, multidisciplinary care providers, and that Epic has the largest user base of any medical informatics system available on the market. The next most popular vendor was eClinicalWorks (ECW), with 9 percent of respondents indicating they used ECW’s solution.

Anderson also noted that although Allscripts’ medical informatics system had a larger user base than ECW, the Allscripts solution required additional modules in order for users to be eligible for meaningful use payments.

Many primary care physicians are also transitioning to clinical informatics systems from paper-based medical records. According to a recent survey by information and research organization SK&A, 75 percent of larger physician practices had adopted some form of clinical informatics solution in 2011. Overall data suggests an implementation rate of more than 40 percent at larger care facilities, excluding hospitals.

That trend to continue throughout 2012, as many healthcare providers seek to improve standards of care by adopting healthcare IT such as medical informatics systems.