Tech worries surge as ICD-10 looms

KLAS report shows concerns about preparedness

While preparation for ICD-10 intensifies, questions surrounding EMR vendor readiness and ICD-10-related technologies are surfacing. In the KLAS report, "ICD-10 Perception 2012: Can Technology Relieve Readiness Issues?," the second report of a two-part series, KLAS discusses how leading providers around the country are hiring third-party consulting firms to help them overcome these and other ICD-10 challenges, including staff readiness, training and technology.

[See also: ICD-10 'storm' posing dilemmas for health information management.]

The study reveals that providers rated EMR vendors Cerner, Epic and Siemens highest in their ICD-10 preparedness, whereas Allscripts and MEDITECH rate lowest. Among the technologies providers are utilizing for the ICD-10 transition is computer-assisted coding, for which the report shows most organizations are turning to 3M.

The KLAS study explores the ICD-10 offerings of 3M, The Advisory Board, Allscripts, Cerner, CPSI, Deloitte, Epic, HMS, McKesson, MEDITECH, Nuance, OptumInsight, Precyse, PwC, QuadraMed and Siemens.