By 2016, nearly half of U.S. large hospitals (200 or more beds) will be making a new EHR purchase, finds a new report from Orem, Utah-based KLAS. Nevertheless, only 22 percent of those buying decisions "may still be up for grabs," according to an announcement from the research firm.

For the report, “Acute Care EMR 2014: The Next Buying Wave,” KLAS interviewed 277 providers from large hospitals across the country, who indicated which vendors they are considering, why they are considering those companies, and what their timeframes are for making their buying decisions.

In those cases where providers are looking to make a new EHR purchase, 34 percent said they have already selected a vendor while 44 percent are strongly leaning toward a specific vendor. EHR vendors compared in the KLAS report include Allscripts, Cerner, Epic, McKesson, MEDITECH and Siemens.

“Where the last round of EHR purchases was fueled by meaningful use requirements and enticing reimbursements, this next round is being fueled by concerns about outdated technology and health system consolidation,” said Colin Buckley, author of the KLAS report, in a written statement. “This shift in focus will play a major factor in which EHRs are being considered.”

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