EHR study finds market leader lacks local presence

A report published by Brentwood-based TechnologyAdvice found that electronic health record usage in Nashville was comparable to the national average, but the industry's market leader lacked a significant local presence.

The study, which surveyed nearly 300 physicians, found a 76 percent EHR adoption rate in Nashville, just under the national average of 78 percent. However, the national market leader, Epic Systems Corp., did not make the local top five list of EHR providers. Massachusetts-based eClinicalWorks took the top spot in Nashville with 14 percent of the market, followed by PracticeFusion and NextGen Healthcare Information Systems.

The study noted that cost was the primary consideration in implementation, a finding supported by free EHR PracticeFusion's ranking.

"With such wide regional variance in national studies on EHR adoptions, we wanted to examine how implementation is doing in a city renowned for its health care industry," Zach Watson, a TechnologyAdvice EHR specialist, said in a release. "While we were not surprised that cost was a priority, we were surprised to see how much it played a role in limiting the footprint of one of the nation's top EHR platforms."

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