Cerner claims biggest market share in EMR industry

Cerner's growth, partly spurred by its acquisition of Siemens in 2015, has led the vendor to claim the largest market share in the $27 billion EMR industry, according to a report from Kalorama Information, an independent medical market research firm.

Cerner surpassed McKesson as the market share leader in 2015, and McKesson still holds the second largest market share in the EMR industry. Epic comes in third in terms of market share; the vendor has climbed from sixth place in 2012. Allscripts came in fourth.

Bruce Carlson, publisher of Kalorama Information, said in a statement much of the activity in the EMR market is around EMR specialist companies, not IT companies or diversified healthcare companies. What's more, he said mergers and acquisitions among IT companies are on the rise.

"At present, there are over 1,100 companies involved in the healthcare IT business in one aspect or another," Mr. Carlson said. "This is not sustainable and so we are seeing consolidation activity."

Other vendors mentioned in the report include athenahealth, NextGen, GE Healthcare, MEDITECH and eClinicalWorks.

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