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Cerner, Epic, McKesson Among Top 5 Global Health IT Vendors

IDC ranks Cerner, Epic, and McKesson Technology Solutions among the top 5 largest health IT vendors to healthcare payers and provider institutions.

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By Kate Monica

- The winners of the IDC Health Insights 2017 HealthTech Rankings released this week named Cerner, McKesson, and Epic Systems among the leading global health IT suppliers.

IDC Health Insights supplied the rankings indicating new benchmarks for health IT hardware, software, and services vendors.

Among the top five largest health IT companies worldwide are Cerner, Epic, and McKesson. This list is the second annual global revenue ranking by IDC Health.

The 2017 HealthTech Rankings comprise the following two lists:

  • The Top 50 features the largest companies that derive more than one third of their revenue from healthcare payer and/or provider institutions. The largest of the Top 50 companies is Optum, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group.
  • The Enterprise Top 25 features the largest companies that derive less than one third of their revenues from healthcare payer and/or provider institutions. The largest of the Enterprise Top 25 companies is IBM.

Cerner was listed as the second largest vendor in the HealthTech Top 50.

GE Healthcare ranked third, McKesson Technology Solutions came in fourth, and Epic Systems ranked as the fifth largest health IT vendor to healthcare payers and providers worldwide.

"IDC Health Insights is excited to release the second annual HealthTech Rankings,” said Research Vice President for IDC Health Insights Lynne Dunbrack. “These global revenue rankings offer a valuable industry benchmark of the leading global technology and service suppliers within the healthcare payer and provider services industry.”

The top five largest vendors listed in the HealthTech Enterprise Top 25 in descending order were IBM, Royal Philips, Siemens, Intel, and Microsoft.

A recent KLAS global EHR market share report similarly named Epic and Cerner among the EHR companies enjoying the highest level of worldwide success across the industry in 2016.

While Cerner maintained its hold as a top contendor, Epic Systems and InterSystems gained more clients than any other EHR vendor last year due in part to the technologies’ vast scope of functionalities and usability.

Epic and InterSystems both boast a wide array of functionalities and user-friendly technologies, but InterSystems won more contracts last year due to its more affordably priced product packages.

However, Epic contracted 8,190 beds in 2016—3,000 more than the next closest competitor.

While Cerner was less lucrative abroad in 2016 than it has been in years past, the vendor still earned the majority of the market share in foreign markets including the Middle East. 

The recent spike in contracts for EHR vendors both within the US and abroad are indicative of the widespread adoption of EHR technology in healthcare systems around the globe. 



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