- The EHR selection and implementation decisions of health systems and hospitals have a downstream effect on the EHR ecosystem in their surrounding areas.
While the EHR Incentive Programs contributed to a significant increase in the number of EHR companies during its earliest years, their influence and financial impact have waned. As a result, the EHR market is no longer oversaturated with EHR solutions.
With or without federal incentives, the hospital EHR market offers few opportunities for new developers to establish a foothold and increase their presence in this limited space. Of the thousands of hospitals that comprise the inpatient EHR market (more than 5,500 according to AHA), most have implemented EHR systems from a small group of recognizable EHR vendors.
Based on data from Definitive Healthcare, the following alphabetized list represents the top inpatient EHR companies based on the number of hospital EHR implementations.
Allscripts, headquartered in Chicago, enables providers to integrate information in a way that is usable across facilities, care teams, and multivendor EHR systems. Allscripts gives providers the opportunity to benefit from multisite integration without requiring any system alterations or replacement. Specializing in population health solutions and integrating precision medicine, this EHR vendor provides users with an integrated patient record following patients from admission to discharge.
Founded in 1997, athenahealth provides a host of services including EHR services, medical billing, patient engagement, order management, and population health management. athenahealth users also benefit from Epocatres, a mobile medical reference providing clinical intelligence embedded inside athenahealth EHR workflows. Epocrates provides fast clinical decision support with care guidelines and quality measures integrated into the workflow to optimize efficiency from patient to patient.
Cerner Corporation (Millennium)
Cerner specializes in health IT solutions and applications currently implemented and used by clinicians and providers in daily processes involved in patient care delivery and administrative duties spanning clinical, financial, and operational systems. Cerner’s client base presently extends to over 25,000 facilities worldwide, among them the US Department of Defense, which has committed to implement the commercial EHR in an effort to modernize the federal agency’s healthcare system. Cerner offers users health IT solutions for a variety of services including clinical solutions, population health management, revenue cycle management, and interoperability solutions.
CPSI (Healthland Centriq)
CPSI is focused on securing community healthcare in rural communities. CPSI offers healthcare solutions to thousands of hospitals and providers and over 3,000 post-acute care facilities nationwide. CPSI also offers a Rural Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Program through Caravan Health to help rural providers with the transition to value-based care through offering tools for decreasing costs while increasing revenue.
Epic Systems (EpicCare Inpatient)
Epic, a privately-held health IT company, was founded in 1979 in Wisconsin by CEO Judy Faulkner and has grown to become one of the most widely-used EHR vendors in the US. Epic specializes in equipping large healthcare organizations and academic medical centers with EHR implementation, training, technical services, ongoing services following implementation, and continuous improvement. At HIMSS17, Faulkner debuted two new product packages designed to encourage smaller healthcare organizations ordinarily deterred by high costs and implementation processes to join the Epic client base through the more affordable product lines.
McKesson Corporation (Paragon)
McKesson understands the healthcare industry is constantly evolving as a result of new innovations. McKesson seeks to work with all kinds of healthcare organizations to help improve business models, keep costs down, and develop efficiencies. The EHR vendor offers a wide array of health IT solutions ranging from homecare and hospice support to advanced diagnostic solutions.
MEDHOST embraces collaborative care delivery models requiring hospitals to become community health and wellness providers and offers solutions delivering clinical and financial workflow and technology along with integrated patient and consumer engagement tools. MEDHOST’s new enterprise solutions extend engagement strategies across the care continuum to provide clinical, financial, and operational solutions and functions to providers.
MEDITECH (MEDITECH 6.1)
MEDITECH, founded in 1969, offers worldwide solutions designed to empower users to deliver a higher quality of care to as many patients as possible. MEDITECH’s newest innovation, a mobile patient-centered web-cased EHR designed to streamline patient care, strives to promote easy data access and interoperability. With care coordination at the forefront of MEDITECH’s solutions, the EHR vendor seeks to help providers with any clinical, analytical, or financial operations necessary to optimize patient care.
NextGen Healthcare (Inpatient Clinicals)
NextGen provides healthcare solutions and services for practices seeking to smoothly transition and thrive under a value-based care system. The EHR vendor prioritizes improving patient outcomes and population health management at low costs. Presently, NextGen’s solutions and services impact 150 million patients. NextGen provides an EHR integrated to encourage interoperability, increase revenue, and improve efficiency.
NTT Data (Optimum)
NTT Data, an IT company with products and service offerings for a wide array of industries, provides health IT solutions focused on helping providers prepare to meet the quality, regulatory, and revenue goals of their healthcare organizations. With an understanding of the sometimes daunting demands of federal regulations, NTT Data provides a variety of clinical, revenue cycle management, accounting, and mobile solutions to equip providers with the necessary tools and resources to keep up with an ever-changing industry.