The survey shows the biggest year for purchasing was in 2011, with substantial buying in 2010 and still considerable activity during 2012. The top reasons cited for adopting EHRs were a more efficient practice (39 percent), increased quality of care (28 percent) and to get meaningful use funds (13 percent). Twenty percent of respondents planned to buy a new EHR and another 20 percent expect to upgrade their existing system.
Market share leaders among surveyed practices were Epic (17 percent), Allscripts (15 percent), eClinicalWorks (9 percent), NextGen (7 percent) and GE Healthcare (6 percent). A PowerPoint of survey results of the 2012 U.S. Ambulatory Electronic Health Record and Practice Management Study is available to providers for free by emailing email@example.com. The cost for others is $3,500.