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International Electronic Patient Record Market Still Emerging

April 4, 2012
by Gabriel Perna
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According to a new report from Orem, Utah-based KLAS, the electronic patient record (EPR) market outside of Northern America is still in developmental mode for most countries, with a majority of activity in Asia, the Middle East, and the UK. For the report, International EPR Market 2012: Multinational Vendor Footprints, the firm spoke to hundreds of international providers in their new report mapping EPR market share for multinational vendors.

The study looked for vendors with an EPR solution live in more than two countries. Vendors included Agfa, Alert, Allscripts, Cambio, Cerner, CSC/iSOFT, Epic, GE, IMS, InterSystems, McKesson, MEDITECH, and Siemens.

“It’s still an upcoming market. This project has been almost two years in development, and we keep being surprised by what we find. There are only about 3,000 hospitals outside the USA with an EPR from a commercial vendor. Without the kind of government incentives that exist in the USA, it’s been a slower build for most countries,” report author Doug Tolley said in a statement.

According to the research, adoption is still shallow with relatively few sites doing deep clinical adoption. Allscripts, Cambio, Cerner, Epic, MEDITECH, and Siemens are the only commercial vendors with HIMSS Stage 6 or 7 hospitals outside of the U.S.

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This is an irony, because developing nations, like most African countries urgently need to be among the countries adopting EHR, to fully gain from its tremendous benefits, to it's myriads of health problems.

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