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One-Quarter of Ambulatory EMRs in Danger of Being Replaced

More than 25% of both large and small ambulatory practices report that they are considering replacing their EMR, according to the KLAS report "Ambulatory EMR Perception 2014: New Leaders Emerging as Market Shifts." The study found that another 12% would like to replace their system but cannot do so for financial or organizational reasons. Which products are most likely to be replaced and which vendors providers are considering are also among the findings.

"There are different reasons for this shift," says report author Jared Dowland. "Larger practices are seeking to consolidate from multiple EMRs and tighten their relationships with nearby hospitals, while smaller practices are seeking to resolve functionality, support, and cost concerns."

As part of this study, KLAS interviewed more than 400 large and small practices across the country about their EMR solutions. The report reveals not only why ambulatory practices are replacing their EMRs, but where they are considering going. Some of the EMR vendors discussed in the report include Allscripts, athenahealth, Cerner, eClinicalWorks, Epic, GE Healthcare, Greenway, McKesson, MEDITECH, and NextGen.