Survey: Best Consultants For Computerized Services In Health Care
With more than 90 percent of U.S. hospitals still trying to reach the proposed adoption hurdle for computerized physician order entry (CPOE), many are looking to professional services firms to help them meet the challenge. A report from health-care research company, KLAS, "Getting to Stimulus Funding: Which Consultants Can Help?" reviews the clinical implementation, clinical transformation, staff augmentation and advisory services capabilities of more than a dozen professional services firms. The study found that while IBM and CSC enjoyed the lion's share of larger clinical engagements a few years ago, Deloitte (2009 VAR 500 rank: 10) and ACS (2009 VAR 500 rank: 23; president, Lynn Blodgett, pictured left), have now joined CSC as key players. Meanwhile, IBM (2009 VAR 500 rank: 1) participates in significantly fewer projects today, sliding to a smaller number similar to Accenture's (2009 VAR 500 rank: 3). Regarding overall performance when acting as the lead on clinical engagements, ACS, CTG and Deloitte are in a virtual dead heat, scoring a full 10 points above the next closest firm, Accenture. IBM, the top-performing firm in 2006 for large clinical implementations, has dropped significantly, as has CSC, according to the report.