KLAS EMR Usability Report: AthenaClinicals(R) Ranks #1 For Usability, Efficiency, And Effectiveness

WATERTOWN, Mass., June 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- athenahealth , Inc. (Nasdaq:ATHN), a leading provider of cloud-based services for electronic health record (EHR), practice management and care coordination, today announced that its cloud-based EHR, athenaClinicals ® , is now rated the most usable ambulatory electronic medical record (EMR) system, at both go-live and in current state, by health care providers, according to a new KLAS report on Ambulatory EMR Usability, released today.

The ongoing mission to improve care quality while reducing health care costs continues to fuel huge investments in EMRs by both providers and government. Yet too many EMR systems have proven to distract from care delivery workflows, impeding provider efficiency and effectiveness. In an effort to explore how "usable" EMRs actually are, industry-leading research firm KLAS interviewed 163 providers on topics related to EMR usability and the role that EMR systems and vendors play in helping providers to be productive, advance clinical decision-making and collect Meaningful Use incentive payments.

The report confirms athenaClinicals is the most usable EMR solution, with 69 percent of providers surveyed recognizing athenaClinicals as "ready-to-use" out of the gate, and 85 percent of providers attesting to its usability "today." All competing EMR vendors scored lower, with a notable 30-point spread between athenaClinicals and the lowest ranking competitive EMR.

Click here for a chart showing vendors' usability at go live and today.

athenaClinicals is also rated highest overall among all EMR systems, achieving 4.2 on a 5-point scale, for its ability to support physicians to work efficiently and effectively. Based on provider feedback, athenaClinicals most adequately supports providers in their completion of six common tasks as part of the EMR workflow. Among the tasks measured, athenaClinicals scores highest for work related to e-prescribing, physician documentation, and support for mobile devices.

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