EMR Software Favorites When Implementing Replacement Systems – NextGen, Allscripts, Epic, eClinicalWorks

KLAS recently released information from a new study about the EMR selection process. More than one third of current EMR software users are considering replacing their systems, and releasing EMR Request For Proposals through ChartZoom. This is significant as it may mean the wide EMR vendor market may begin to whittle down to a few big dogs over the next few years.

Already a hot market, ambulatory EMR sales – both first-time and replacement – have shot up again over the last year, and though options are more plentiful than ever, health care providers are leaning toward the tried-and-true, according to a new report by KLAS.

For the new report, Ambulatory EMR: Win Rates, Replacements, and Provider Loyalty, KLAS conducted nearly 400 provider interviews to identify the ambulatory market’s purchasing trends and interest in various EMR products. A key trend, according to the report, the rate of ambulatory EMR replacement has accelerated over the last year.

According to the report, health care professionals are turning to vendors they perceive as enduring and stable. Allscripts, eClinicalWorks, Epic and NextGen represent the best-known and most considered vendors in this study.

It will be interesting to see if the “interest” leads to conversions. Migrating from one EMR platform to another is quite the undertaking, especially considering that no EMR vendors seem to promote of assist you in getting your data out, after you’ve bought in. Here’s another note on the findings from the study, showing Allscripts, Epic, and NextGen in the lead.

In Ambulatory EMR: Win Rates, Replacements, and Provider Loyalty, the most popular vendor was Allscripts, considered in 16 percent of deals; it was followed by Epic (12 percent) and NextGen (10 percent). This report also highlights AdvancedMD, athenahealth, Cerner, eClinicalWorks, e-MDs, GE Healthcare, Greenway, McKesson and Sage.

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