Half of Hospitals to Make New EHR Purchase by 2016

About half of hospitals with 200 or more beds plan on purchasing a new electronic health record by 2016, according to a report from technology research firm KLAS.

KLAS interviewed 277 providers from hospitals with at least 200 beds. Although half said they plan to make a new EHR purchase in the next two years, only 22 percent said they do not know which product they will buy.

Of hospitals considering buying a new EHR system, about one-third said they have selected a vendor, while 44 percent said they are "strongly leaning" toward a specific vendor.

KLAS analysts said this round of EHR installs is being prompted by outdated technology and health system consolidation, whereas previous EHR purchases were made due to meaningful use requirements and partial reimbursement.

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