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Integration and Partnership Fuel Adoption of Epic Community Connect


KLAS report analyzes the integration, affordability and impact on patient care of Epic Community Connect.

OREM, UT, March 12, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ — Regional integration and cross-organizational connectivity are driving many community hospitals to move to Epic Community Connect. The latest KLAS report, Epic Enters the Community Space: Collaboration Brings Synergies for Smaller Organizations, discusses the recent ability of community providers to implement Epic via hosting partnerships with larger clients.

Seventy-four percent of the providers surveyed reported that the partnership and connectivity gained through using Epic Community Connect had a positive impact on patient care. Along with significant benefits that included training, application resources and affordability, providers also reported some specific challenges and risks. Decreased decision-making autonomy was seen as the most prominent struggle, with 53% of respondents reporting it as a substantial challenge.

“The end goal for community providers using Epic Community Connect is improved patient sharing on a regional level,” said Paul Pitcher, report author and research director at KLAS. “Through these hosted partnerships with larger players, community providers are also seeing opportunities for implementing initiatives such as ACOs and population health management. While the transition is not without its challenges, the feedback from community providers has been overwhelmingly positive.”

To learn more about Epic Community Connect and providers’ experiences with the solution, check out the full report, Epic Enters the Community Space: Collaboration Brings Synergies for Smaller Organizations. Providers receive a significant discount off the standard retail price or can receive a complimentary summary report in exchange for a survey about one of their current vendors. Visit

About KLAS
KLAS is a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers to be heard and counted. Working with thousands of healthcare professionals and clinicians, KLAS gathers data on software, services, medical equipment and infrastructure systems to deliver timely reports, trends and statistical overviews. The research directly represents the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance. Follow KLAS on Twitter at