Cerner, Epic's analytics tools prove most popular in clinical surveillance market

Cerner and Epic offer the most frequently adopted clinical surveillance tools in the provider market, according to a KLAS Research report.

KLAS interviewed providers about their experiences with vendors offering popular clinical surveillance tools for its report. These tools review information from data sources such as EMRs to alert clinicians about a range of patient care activities that decrease readmissions and mortality. The most common use case for clinical surveillance tools today is sepsis detection, according to KLAS.

Cerner and Epic were the only vendors KLAS validated as having "extensive adoption" for their clinical surveillance tools. Of the 17 Cerner customers surveyed, most were using the vendor's clinical surveillance for sepsis detection. The 18 Epic customers KLAS surveyed tended to use the vendor's functionalities for sepsis detection, orders checking and floorwide alerts, among a few other less-common use cases.

KLAS noted that although Cerner and Epic were the most widely adopted clinical surveillance vendors, customers of these two vendors tended to be "less satisfied than customers of the other charted vendors in this report," which included companies like Bernoulli and Stanson Health.

Cerner customers told KLAS they felt the system needed to better integrate with physician workflows and lacked customization options. Epic customers said that the vendor's alerts were difficult to set up, but were pleased with its ease of use after implementation. KLAS noted Epic does not have a dedicated clinical surveillance modality, but customers have adapted its EMR to provide similar features.

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