Epic, Cerner garner higher percentage of hospital contracts

Electronic health record giants Epic and Cerner are edging out other vendors when it comes to volume of hospital contracts, according to a new report from Orem, Utah-based KLAS Research.

The company's study, "Clinical Market Share 2014: Competition Mounts as Markets Collide," found that only Epic, Cerner and Meditech gained market share in 2013. Researchers had reviewed large and small hospitals' EHR solutions, including those using Allscripts, CPSI, Healthland, McKesson, Medhost (HMS) and Siemens, as well as the aforementioned three. 

Epic and Cerner had the most "wins" or new contracts with both large and small hospitals. Epic also boasted a larger percentage of new customers; many of Cerner's and Meditech's new contracts were "add-ons" to their existing contracts.

"EMR vendors that cater to smaller facilities are feeling the pinch and saw a decrease in wins across the board," report author Colin Buckley said in a statement. "It is simply getting increasingly difficult for small-facility vendors to compete with their larger-facility counterparts."

The results on market share differ somewhat from reports about how well hospitals actually like their EHRs. One recent study found Allscripts the top ranked EHR vendor for large hospitals and academic medical centers, scoring best in seven of 18 indicators and displacing Epic, which held the top spot for the past three years. Cerner and McKesson also earned high scores in the large hospital market.

And in yet another study, this one on the small hospital market, CPSI took top honors for the fourth year in a row; other top ranked vendors included Allscripts, Cerner, and Epic, as well as GE Healthcare.

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