Top-Performing Medical Equipment Companies Announced

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Toshiba leads a select group of 2009 "Best in KLAS" vendors

The goal of the Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards report has always been to give healthcare providers a resource for making informed technology decisions

Healthcare research firm KLAS today released its annual rankings of the best-performing medical equipment vendors. Top-ranked companies in seven key market categories - including computed tomography (CT), digital mammography, smart pumps and ultrasound - have earned the 2009 Best in KLAS distinction, signifying their leadership in meeting customer expectations.

Based on evaluations submitted by thousands of healthcare providers throughout the United States and Canada, KLAS rankings measure a vendor's performance in areas like product quality, implementation, and service and support. A Best in KLAS award is reserved for the top-rated companies in a select group of the largest and most impactful market segments.

"The goal of the Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards report has always been to give healthcare providers a resource for making informed technology decisions," said KLAS President Adam Gale. "From CT to ultrasound to MRI, this report shines a light on the performance of medical equipment vendors to help providers find the right product for their hospital or clinic, keep tabs on a current vendor or validate an operational decision. With ratings for more than a hundred modalities and other pieces of equipment, the Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards report brings together the collective experiences of thousands of healthcare organizations."

Following is a list of the 2009 Best in KLAS medical equipment vendor products:

Computed Radiography (CR) - Multi-Plate
Konica Minolta Xpress Dual Bay

Computed Tomography (CT) - 64-slice+
Toshiba Aquilion 64

Digital X-ray
Shimadzu RADspeed

Magnetic Resonance (MR) - 1.5T
Toshiba Vantage

Mammography - Digital
GE Senographe DS

Smart Pumps
B. Braun Outlook (LVP)

Ultrasound
Toshiba Xario

In addition to recognizing the Best in KLAS honorees, the 2009 Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards: Medical Equipment report also highlights the highest-performing medical equipment vendors across all market segments, known as the Top 20. This overall score can encompass additional categories such as 3T magnetic resonance (MR), interventional/cardiac x-ray, nuclear medicine and others. In the 2009 report, Toshiba was rated number one, with an overall performance score of 90.53 out of 100, followed by FUJIFILM, GE, Philips, Siemens and McKesson.

The 2009 Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards: Medical Equipment report is available to healthcare providers online for a significant discount off the standard retail price. To purchase the full report, healthcare providers and vendors can visit http://www.KLASresearch.com/top_20.

About KLAS:
KLAS is a research firm specializing in monitoring and reporting the performance of healthcare vendors. KLAS' mission is to improve delivery, by independently measuring vendor performance for the benefit of our healthcare provider partners, consultants, investors and vendors. Working together with executives from more than 4,500 hospitals and over 2,500 clinics, KLAS delivers timely reports, trends and statistics, which provide a solid overview of vendor performance in the industry. KLAS measures the performance of software, professional services and medical equipment vendors. For more information, go to http://www.KLASresearch.com, email marketing@KLASresearch.com or call 1-800-920-4109 to speak with a KLAS representative.

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