Only five ambulatory EHR vendors is responsible for assisting more than 135,000 physicians, dentists, optometrists, podiatrists and chiropractors to help them achieve meaningful use under Medicare’s EHR incentive payment program.
In 2009, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, a part of the Recovery Act, created the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs to promote the adoption of EHRs in support of the ultimate goals of improving the quality of patient care and reducing health costs. Through this program, eligible hospitals and doctors earn incentives by demonstrating “meaningful use” of certified EHR technology.
Ambulatory EHR Market Share
Together, these five vendors alone make up 52.7% of the 257,512 physicians and other eligible professionals who have become meaningful users of a complete EHR in an ambulatory setting receiving meaningful use incentives:
- Epic Systems 21.7% market share
- Allscripts 11.1% market share
- eClinicalWorks 7.5% market share
- NextGen Healthcare 6.8% market share
- GE Healthcare 5.7% market share
Epic Systems also dominates the inpatient setting with 45.3% market share for the 4,597 eligible professionals who have received Medicare Incentive payments for complete EHR.
According to the August 2013 report from CMS, over $16.2 billion in EHR incentive payments have been dispersed under ARRA