Meaningful Use Drives Community Hospital Technology Adoption

Orem, Utah - November 16, 2011 - The community hospital that still relies exclusively on a paper medical record is rapidly moving toward extinction, according to a new KLAS clinical market share report, Community Hospitals Accelerating CIS Adoption: Community Hospital Clinical Market Share Report 2011. Larger hospitals and IDNs have led the adoption of EMR technologies over the past several years, but many vendors now see the community space as providing an opportunity for market share growth.

KLAS found that community hospitals-now motivated by meaningful use and its associated financial incentives-have awakened to the reality that clinical information technology is not only within their reach but may be fundamental to their sustainability. Where clinicians previously may have had exposure only to order entry and results, today the physician/clinician workflow is becoming increasingly dependent on technology.  

As a result, community EMR sales exploded in 2010. Over half of community providers contracting with a CIS were those with no prior CIS, while another 36 percent came from providers deciding to purchase a different vendor after leaving their legacy system or affiliating with an IDN.

According to KLAS estimates, approximately 300-500 U.S. hospitals have yet to commit to a CIS vendor as of the start of 2011-a bed size breakdown of which is represented in this chart. What are vendors doing to win this business?

Community Hospitals Accelerating CIS Adoption: Community Hospital Clinical Market Share Report 2011 explores what vendors are doing, as well as which vendors have lost the most hospitals in 2010, which ones made up for it in new sales, how hosted solutions are affecting the landscape of the market, how many IDN-associated hospitals vendors won versus standalone hospitals, and who the newer market entrants are for community hospital clinical information systems.

To learn more about the clinical market share of community hospital CIS vendors, the report Community Hospitals Accelerating CIS Adoption: Community Hospital Clinical Market Share Report 2011 is available to healthcare providers online for a significant discount. To purchase the report, healthcare providers and vendors can visit

About KLAS
KLAS is a research firm specializing in monitoring and reporting the performance of healthcare vendors. KLAS' mission is to improve HIT delivery by independently measuring vendor performance for the benefit of our healthcare provider partners, consultants, investors, and vendors. Working together with executives from over 4,500 hospitals and over 2,500 clinics, KLAS delivers timely reports, trends, and statistics which provide a solid overview of vendor performance in the industry. KLAS measures the performance of software, professional services, medical equipment, and infrastructure vendors. For more information, go to, email [email protected], or call 1-800-920-4109 to speak with a KLAS representative. Follow KLAS on Twitter at

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