SOURCE: Next Wave CONNECT

Next Wave Connect

September 23, 2014 09:00 ET

KLAS Online Forum Provides Healthcare CIOs a Venue to Discuss Performance Data of HIT Vendors and Service Providers

Research Firm Leverages Next Wave Connect to Share Research Data

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - Sep 23, 2014) - Next Wave Connect, provider of the first social collaboration platform created specifically for the healthcare industry, announced that KLAS Research will create an online community in order to share key research results on the performance of healthcare IT vendors and services. The KLAS Research Next Wave community will facilitate a discovery process between healthcare providers and decision-makers across different member organizations by providing special access to key KLAS vendor performance data.

Working together, KLAS and Next Wave will provide better market information, research, and collaboration capabilities to health system leaders and other partners for enabling better operational decisions and delivering higher quality healthcare for patients.

KLAS will regularly post timely market research data, reports, summaries, blogs, and other content to the Next Wave community, so that Next Wave members can discuss the research, enabling peer-to-peer collaboration. The venue will provide the healthcare community unprecedented insights into their peers' experiences with vendors that they may be evaluating.

"Until now, healthcare CIOs have not had a forum where they can discuss KLAS data with their peers in real time," said KLAS Founder Kent Gale. "Next Wave Connect fills this gap by facilitating a discovery process through this KLAS community."

KLAS offers real-time performance ratings, specialty reports and custom research at no cost to healthcare providers in exchange for their insights, spanning more than 900 products and services from 250+ healthcare information technology (HIT) vendors. Research participants are decision makers from a broad spectrum of occupations, organization sizes, and facility types, representing 20,000-plus participants from more than 4,500 hospitals and 2,500 clinics.

The KLAS Research community will offer providers and decision-makers from different healthcare organizations a place to share their interpretations of published, third-party vendor performance data, enabling them to make more educated purchasing, retention, merger and consolidation decisions. Healthcare IT departments -- from single physician practices to multi-hospital networks -- are typically responsible for the purchase of all software, services, medical equipment and network infrastructure.

"As a former healthcare CIO, I can attest to the value in sharing this type of info via social media," said Drex DeFord, CEO of Next Wave Connect. "Members can pool their expertise and collectively leverage KLAS intelligence for the benefit of their individual organizations, and ultimately, deliver the best possible care to patients."

Next Wave Connect provides members with access to dedicated industry professionals who facilitate discussions and work together to solve healthcare's toughest issues. Key insights from highly-renowned, accomplished healthcare professionals are provided via Next Wave's ACEs and Community Managers -- reputable industry professionals who assist members as they crowd-source solutions and best practices.

About Next Wave Connect
Next Wave Connect is the first healthcare industry-specific, social collaboration solution connecting healthcare professionals and peers -- of all types, from across healthcare organizations -- giving them a place to collaboratively solve the industry's most challenging problems. Next Wave Connect, a Seattle, Wash.-based company, is owned by Next Wave Health of Houston, Texas, a strategic advisory and investment firm for the healthcare industry. For more information, visit www.nextwaveconnect.com.

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 executives 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 supplier performance. KLAS was founded in 1996, and their staff and advisory board average 25 years of healthcare information technology experience. Follow KLAS on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KLASresearch.

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