iKnowMed Electronic Health Record System, a product of McKesson Specialty Health developed in conjunction with the physicians of The US Oncology Network has been named the highest ranked overall EHR vendor for oncology and hematology practices by the 2012 Black Book Rankings Survey.
Black Book Rankings, a division of Brown-Wilson Group Inc., is one of the largest full-service technology and services market research and opinion research companies. It is an unbiased source for polling, surveys and market research. The survey collected ballot results from more than 80,000 healthcare professionals in North America, including physicians and practice administrators, to find the top performing and highest respected EHR vendors for 2012 in four categories-radiology, pathology, oncology and cardiology. It asked respondents to rank vendors on 18 performance areas of operational excellence ranging from overall performance and innovation to breadth of offerings and reliability.
Out of 20 EHR vendors in the oncology category, iKnowMed received “overwhelming satisfaction and exceeds expectations” rankings in all 18 key performance areas, and received the highest ranking in 12 of the 18 areas with an average score of 9.62 out of 10.
“Receiving top honors is significant because it affirms all the hard work the physicians in The US Oncology Network have done to contribute to the development of iKnowMed,” said Mark A. Sitarik, MD, medical director for iKnowMed and a medical oncologist at Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers in Boulder, Colo. “It proves that an EHR developed by oncologists for oncologists really best supports their specialized needs.”
iKnowMed is a web-based oncology-specific EHR that has achieved 2011/2012 Complete EHR Certification by an ONC-ATCB in accordance with Meaningful Use criteria. Clinical content includes point-of-care decision support with detailed cancer diagnosis and staging content, and a regimen library of more than 400 up-to-date cancer regimens. iKnowMed EHR supports clinical trial accruals for new and existing patients, provides access to Level I Pathways or evidence-based treatment guidelines, has integrated ePrescribing capabilities, a charge interface, and has been proven to improve gross charge capture ranging from $35,000 to $86,000 per oncologist.
“Even with 2012 being such an important year for physicians to select and implement EHR systems to qualify for the maximum incentive payment under the federal stimulus package, adoption is slow because of confusion over technologies,” said Doug Brown, managing partner, Black Book Rankings. “Ranking the EHR vendors on implementation, productivity, outcomes and support measures provides physicians good information to help them as they evaluate how various systems will meet their specific needs.” Asif Ahmad, senior vice president, Information and Technology Services, McKesson Specialty Health agreed. “By bringing together the technology expertise of McKesson Specialty Health with the deep clinical knowledge of the physicians who drive its ongoing product enhancements, we are excited to have iKnowMed recognized as the best, most innovative EHR product available today for medical oncology and we are proud about the impact it is having on the quality of patient care.”