Healthcare Financial News posted the following number of the EMR market.
Propelled by government incentives, a desire to improve patient outcomes and the bottom line, sales of electronic medical records reached $17.9 billion in 2011, up 14.2 percent from the previous year, according to market research publisher Kalorama Information.
I’m not sure of the exact EHR incentive figures for 2011, but I have seen the number $3.1 billion paid to 43,000 providers from Justin Barnes. It’s no doubt somewhere in that range and is an interesting number to compare against the $14.2 billion in EHR sales in 2011.
That’s quite a big difference in number. I’m sure many doctors would easily argue that the difference is because the EHR incentive money doesn’t cover all the costs to get an EHR. I’m sure there were also many EHRs purchased in 2011 that won’t see EHR incentive money until 2012. It will be really interesting to see these numbers again at the end of 2012. I also wish they’d have broken the number out by hospital EHR and ambulatory EHR. I have a feeling that hospital EHR software dominates that number.