Companies Flock to the Electronic Health Records Market

John Pulley | NextGov | July 23, 2012

Any idea how many electronic health record vendors are out there? Even experts are surprised at the answer. The total, as IT Everything columnist Joseph Conn puts it, is “a horde, a herd, a whole Wild West stampede” of EHR systems.

The numbers that surprised Conn came from Jodi Daniel, director of the Office of Policy and Research for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. The tally is 613 complete EHR systems and 399 modular systems, all tested and certified under the EHR incentive payment program for the ambulatory-care market.

If you include inpatient settings, the number grows by 87 complete and 378 modular systems. The grand total, as Conn notes in his column, includes 816 EHR vendors and 1,477 certified EHR products. “I had no idea,” he says...