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Ambulatory EHR Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

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  • 115 Pages
  • April 2021
  • Region: Global
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 4756853
The Ambulatory EHR market is expected to register a CAGR of 7.13% during the forecast period.

Globally, the main challenge for the healthcare system was to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus among people and provide the best care to infected patients and decrease the number of possible deaths. A profound impact on the EHR market was observed as well. Electronic Health Record systems have been designed for tracking and billing of patients versus to providing optimal care which is the need of an hour due to the rising number of COVID-19 patients. Furthermore, these rising COVID-19 cases are in hundreds and thousands and if the existing software are capable enough to track such outbreak is still a question.

For instance, during the COVID-19 pandemic 2020, Blue Ridge Medical Group in Georgia, implementated telehealth EHR because the majority of the patients were elderly and considered high risk for COVID-19 infection.

In addition, in June 2020, athenahealth launched athenaTelehealth, that is integrated into the vendor’s EHR system, and termed as athenaOne. Moreover, between mid-February to late April 2020, the athenahealth EHR network experienced a 3,400% increase in daily telehealth visits.

The factors propelling the growth of the ambulatory EHR market include the rising adoption of EHR solutions in developed markets, increasing the need for fluid movement of healthcare information and technological advancements, and government initiatives to maintain and enhance patient health record portals.

In the past decade, it was observed that paper-based records were being phased out at a rapid pace, with digitization and virtualization creating multiple growth opportunities for the better management of patient records across the chain of hospitals and research centers in healthcare.

For instance, On March 10, 2021, the European Commission adopted a recommendation on a European electronic health record exchange format to unlock the flow of health data across borders. This policy helps European citizens to securely access and exchange their health data wherever they are in the Europe. Additionally, in Germany, Appointment Service and Supply Act (TSVG), which was adopted on March 14, 2019, is funded by the German statutory health insurance funds to provide policyholders with electronic health records from 1st January 2021 onward. This indicates that in the coming years, the country will have a better electronic health record (EHR) implementation.

Thus, factors such as there has been growing adoption by multiple healthcare centers across the developed markets and increasing investments being made by governments to maintain and enhance patient health record portals is expected to drive the market growth over the forecast period. However, inconsistent EHR adoption across emerging markets and regulatory barriers are expected to impede market growth in near future.

Key Market Trends

Under Delivery Mode, Cloud-based Solutions Sub-Segment is Expected to Grow Fastest Over the Forecast Period

Some of the factors which are driving the cloud-based solutions segment are cost-effective services and advantages of user-friendly software models. Patient information is stored and managed using these cloud-based electronic health records, making them more secure. It also allows physicians and medical practitioners to control access to sensitive information.

In April 2020, Allscripts have introduced package of COVID-19 solutions for hospitals. The Allscripts Hospital Management Package provides a series of COVID-19 workflows that addresses disease-specific needs within SunriseTM EHR, ParagoN EHR and Allscripts Care Director.

Cloud-based solution are comparatively newer approaches and are mostly used by the organizations that lack the internal infrastructure to support it. The installation cost for these systems is lower and these software eradicate the need for in-house maintenance, which is likely to be the prime factor driving their increasing demand.

The cloud-based model makes the software extremely flexible, regarding scalability (pay-as-you-go storage utilization). It simplifies and consolidates storage resources to reduce costs and enhance workflow, by eliminating departmental silos of clinical information. The cloud infrastructure also guarantees true disaster-recovery and business continuity solutions, to support the quality of patient care. Hence, cloud-based EHR are expected to register good growth in the market.

The market leaders are involved in product launches, collaborations, expansions, and acquisitions to sustain the competition. For instance, in August 2020, Allscripts announced that it will serve as a subcontractor to the prime contractor, MicroHealth, LLC, a health information technology firm, as they work to migrate the U.S. Department of State medical health units to a cloud-based solution for its global electronic health records.

Moreover, MicroHealth will implement Allscripts TouchWorks EHR, along with FollowMyHealth, as the integrated mobile personal health record. Moreover, TouchWorks EHR is a powerful, scalable and flexible platform designed by clinical and industry experts for large ambulatory practices. Thus, all the above factors are expected to contribute to the good growth of this segment over the forecast period.

North America Dominates the Market and is Expected to do the Same over the Forecast Period

Some of the factors driving the market growth in North America region include robust growth of healthcare infrastructure along with greater government initiatives towards electronic health records is expected to boost the market growth.

The ongoing pandemic is putting healthcare systems under strain in North America region and forcing ambulatory centers and other medical facilities to scramble to make sure data can be shared effectively. The ‘digital front door’ is really key to how providers should be responding to the COVID-19 situation in terms of access, triage, and even treatment. In 2020, Oracle built a National Electronic Health Records (EHR) Database plus a suite of Public Health Management Applications to help U.S. public health agencies and healthcare providers collect and analyze data related to COVID-19.

In the United States, the healthcare industry is one of the most data-intensive sectors. The industry is deeply invested in applying innovative solutions, to enhance the development of advanced healthcare and to support improvements in patient care. ​Moreover, the United States federal government and other public stakeholders are opening their vast stores of health-care knowledge, including data and information on patients covered under public insurance programs. Thus, the demand for improvement of healthcare will boost up the overall market.

Also, according to the Canada Health Infoway, in 2018, 93% of physicians who use an electronic medical record said EMRs allow them to provide improved patient care which will boost the market growth. Furthermore, the government of Mexico is in the process of implementing and expanding EHRs in order to provide standardized health information on patients that is available, accessible, safe, and effective.

Several companies are starting various strategies like collaboration, new product launch, merger and acquisition in order to maintain and increase their market share. For instance, in United States, in October 2019, Allscripts Healthcare Solutions entered into an agreement with Northwell Health to jointly develop a next-generation, AI-powered electronic health record. Thus, considering above mentioned factors it is expected to fuel the market growth in North America region over the forecast period.

Competitive Landscape

The Ambulatory EHR Market is fragmented, competitive and consists of several major players. Most of the companies present in the market are efficient at the technological front, but require significant support for enhancing their services and expanding their businesses. Thus, mergers and acquisitions offer significant opportunities to gain the attention of a large number of providers and hospitals across developed regions. In the coming years few other players are expected to enter into the market,. Some of the market players include Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc., eMDs, Inc., Athenahealth Inc., Cerner Corporation, eClinicalWorks and others.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition
1.2 Scope of the Study
4.1 Market Overview
4.2 Market Drivers
4.2.1 Rising Adoption of EHR Solutions in Developed Markets
4.2.2 Increasing Need for Fluid Movement of Healthcare Information and Technological Advancements
4.2.3 Government Initiatives to Maintain and Enhance Patient Health Record Portals
4.3 Market Restraints
4.3.1 Inconsistent EHR Adoption across Emerging Markets
4.3.2 Regulatory Barriers
4.4 Porter's Five Force Analysis
4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants
4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers
4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products
4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
5.1 By Application
5.1.1 Practice Management
5.1.2 Patient Management
5.1.3 E-prescribing
5.1.4 Referral Management
5.1.5 Population Health Management
5.1.6 Other Applications
5.2 By Delivery Mode
5.2.1 Cloud-based Solutions
5.2.2 On-premise Solutions
5.3 By Practice Size
5.3.1 Large Practices
5.3.2 Medium-sized Practices
5.3.3 Small Practices
5.4 By End User
5.4.1 Hospital-owned Ambulatory Centers
5.4.2 Independent Ambulatory Centers
5.5 Geography
5.5.1 North America United States Canada Mexico
5.5.2 Europe Germany United Kingdom France Italy Spain Rest of Europe
5.5.3 Asia-Pacific China Japan India Australia South Korea Rest of Asia-Pacific
5.5.4 Middle East and Africa GCC South Africa Rest of Middle East and Africa
5.5.5 South America Brazil Argentina Rest of South America
6.1 Company Profiles
6.1.1 Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc.
6.1.2 eMDs, Inc.
6.1.3 Athenahealth Inc.
6.1.4 Cerner Corporation
6.1.5 eClinicalWorks
6.1.6 Epic Systems Corporation
6.1.7 Greenway Health, LLC
6.1.8 Medhost
6.1.9 Medical Information Technology Inc.
6.1.10 Nextgen Healthcare Information Systems LLC
6.1.11 Amazing Charts, LLC
6.1.12 NetSmart Technologies
6.1.13 CureMD
6.1.14 Mckesson Corporation
6.1.15 CoverMyMeds LLC

Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc.
  • eMDs, Inc.
  • Athenahealth Inc.
  • Cerner Corporation
  • eClinicalWorks
  • Epic Systems Corporation
  • Greenway Health, LLC
  • Medhost
  • Medical Information Technology Inc.
  • Nextgen Healthcare Information Systems LLC
  • Amazing Charts, LLC
  • NetSmart Technologies
  • CureMD
  • Mckesson Corporation
  • CoverMyMeds LLC