September 19, 2017

Health Records

Who are the leading healthcare IT vendors in the U.S.? Most of these companies are all but unknown outside of the healthcare field. Meditech, a privately held Boston-area company, holds more than a quarter of the market; McKesson and Cerner, numbers 2 and 3 on the list, control another 27 percent. All told, the top six companies — excluding in-house systems — are responsible for three-quarters of the EHR installations in hospitals around the country.

A study by the New York-based Commonwealth Fund found that growth in use of EHRs in the U.S. is well behind other developed countries and that – at current rates of adoption – it will take at least 30 years to get such clinical support tools in use with the majority of the doctors in America.

While no country (big or small) has 100% EHR implementation, a few are very close, and some are finding innovative new ways to get past the hurtles of early adoption, lost productivity for training, software flexibility (or lack thereof) and other roadblocks to integrating millions of pieces of paper into one database.

According to, the countries leading in EHR implementation are Australia, Canada, Estonia, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden and United Arab Emirates.