5 things to know about EHRs in community hospitals

Community hospitals may not have the resources of larger health systems, but these providers are still subject to the pressures of meaningful use.

Community hospitals are actively acquiring and implementing EHRs, but already nearly 20 percent are seeking to switch vendors, according to the peer60 Community Hospital EHR Quick Report 2015. The report includes input from 277 community hospital providers. Here are five things to know about EHRs in community hospitals.

1. Of the hospitals included in the report, 53 percent have attested to MU Stage 2. Just more than a third (36 percent) are in the process of attesting, while 11 percent have not attested.

2. The biggest EHR challenge reported by community hospitals (56 percent) was system usability.

3. Community hospitals reported other challenges including:

•    Missing functionality: 53 percent
•    Support for strategic initiatives: 28 percent
•    Service: 26 percent
•    Reliability/uptime: 5 percent

4. Meditech holds the largest market share amongst community hospitals at 28 percent. Other top vendors include:

•    McKesson Paragon: 12 percent
•    Cerner: 12 percent
•    Healthland Centriq: 12 percent
•    Medhost: 8 percent
•    Epic: 8 percent
•    NextGen: 5 percent
•    CPSI: 5 percent
•    QuandraMed: 2 percent
•    Allscripts: 2 percent
•    Medsphere: 2 percent
•    Razor: 1 percent
•    None: 1 percent

5. Though Meditech holds the largest market share, it falls to third when it comes to vendors community hospital leaders think about. Here are the top EHR vendors by mind share:

•    Epic: 43 percent
•    Cerner: 33 percent
•    Meditech: 27 percent
•    CPSI: 15 percent
•    McKesson: 13 percent
•    Allscripts: 11 percent
•    Razor: 7 percent
•    Healthland: 5 percent
•    NextGen: 3 percent
•    Medhost: 3 percent
•    QuadraMed: 1 percent
•    Medsphere: 1 percent
•    Sigmund: 1 percent
•    MCIS: 1 percent
•    Unsure: 4 percent
•    None: 5 percent

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