Included in the HITECH Act signed by President Barack Obama Feb. 17, 2009, was the Electronic Health Records Incentive Program, which sought to promote the meaningful use (MU) of health information technology by providing monetary support to providers. As of October 2012, 164,593 eligible providers and hospitals have both attested to MU and received EHR incentive payments. Healthcare IT News analyzed data of more than 120,000 of these to find the top 10 EHR vendors helping providers attest to MU requirements. The top 10 vendors listed account for some 62 percent of all successful MU incentive payments out of the more than 470 vendors used.
Since April 2011, when the attestation for EHR incentives began, more than 2,733 hospitals and providers (2.3 percent of providers) used the Watertown, Mass.-based athenahealth to supply them with an EHR solution.
More than 2,848 eligible providers and hospitals successfully attested and were paid incentive money using an EHR system from San Francisco-based McKesson.
Some 2,940 eligible providers and hospitals used a Carrollton, Ga.-based Greenway Medical Technologies EHR system to attest.
Photo courtesy of Greenway Medical Technologies
Some 2,949 eligible providers and hospitals successfully attested and were paid incentive money that implemented an EHR solution from San Francisco.-based Practice Fusion.
Next on the list is Kansas City, Mo.-based Cerner Corporation that helped some 4,526 providers and hospitals attest and receive EHR incentive payments since April 2011.
Some 6,476 eligible providers and hospitals successfully attested and were paid incentive money using an EHR solution from Waukesha, Wis.-based GE Healthcare.
EHR solutions from the Horsham, Pa.-based NextGen Healthcare helped 7,259 eligible providers and hospitals attest and receive incentive payments since April of last year.
Some 9,061 providers and hospitals that had implemented an EHR solution from Westborough, Mass.-based eClinicalWorks have successfully attested and received incentive payments.
Standing at No. 2 on the list is Chicago, Ill.-based Allscripts, which – despite a tumultuous year for the company financially – was the EHR vendor of choice for some 15,022 providers and hospitals (12.4 percent) that had successfully attested and received incentive payments. (After this slideshow was published, it was announced that former CEO Glen Tullman would be stepping down, and Allscripts Board Member Paul Black would take over as new CEO.) Photo attribution: J. Crocker, Wikicommons
It may come as no surprise to see Verona, Wis.-based Epic Systems top the list for the most widely used EHR system among those attesting and receiving MU incentive payments. More than 21,407 providers and hospitals (or 17.6 percent) attested using an Epic EHR solution.