A new report from vendor research firm KLAS Enterprises examines the electronic health records purchasing decisions of physician practices.

The Orem, Utah-based company interviewed more than 370 providers who plan to choose an EHR within the next two years. The results show that practices are expanding the number of vendors under consideration, especially small practices--72 percent are considering products from lesser--known vendors.

So, while Allscripts, NextGen and eClinicalWorks are the most often considered vendors, smaller vendors such as athenahealth, e-MDs and Greenway are getting more looks, says Mark Wagner, general manager of ambulatory research at KLAS. Nearly a third of surveyed practices plan to replace an existing electronic records system. In many cases, the current system lacks necessary functionality or certification.

Other vendors mentioned in the report include Cerner, Eclipsys, Epic, GE Healthcare, McKesson and Sage Healthcare. The report, "Ambulatory EMR Buying: A Roller Coaster Ride in 2010," is available for purchase at klasresearch.com/reports.

--Joseph Goedert

 

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