- Two hundred and forty acute care hospitals selected an EMR last year, despite 2014 having a five-year low in EMR decisions, according to a recent KLAS report.
- Out of nine vendors reviewed, only athenahealth and Epic recorded growth with no losses. Epic posted the largest net increase of new hospitals, and Cerner, showing the largest overall market share, was second in new increases, followed by athenahealth, which almost doubled its market share.
- Jon Christensen, KLAS strategic operations director, said in a news release: "There are a lot of interesting market dynamics that have made this year's market share report one of the most unique in recent years."
Christensen attributes the uniqueness to vendor acquisitions, the high number of Epic's hospital wins versus the rest of the market and "the trend among legacy EMR hospital customers selecting competitive EMR products."
The KLAS report included interviews of large and small hospital systems across the U.S. about their EMR decisions. Reviewed vendors include Allscripts, athenahealth, Cerner, Epic, Evident, Healthland, McKesson, MEDHOST and MEDITECH. Cerner's market share was boosted by its acquisition of Siemens AG's EHR division last year. It should be interesting to see where Cerner ends up next year, after winning the DOD EHR contract with Accenture in July, estimated to be worth more than $4.33 billion.