Sales of electronic health records systems hit $17.9 billion in 2011, a 14.2 percent increase over the previous year, according to an annual study from Kalorama Information, a New York-based research firm.

The market share figure includes all revenue related to EHRs including software, consulting, training and service fees. Physicians and hospitals have increased acceptance of the technology and that is reflected in growth in EHR budgets, according to the firm.

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