The global EHR market was valued at $22.3 billion in 2017 and is estimated to progress at a CAGR of 5.4% during the forecast period 2018–2023. Rising need for an advanced healthcare information system, increasing investments by healthcare IT players, growing demand for better healthcare facilities, and surging government initiatives are the key factors driving the growth of the market.
Electronic health record (EHR) is a systematized collection of a patient’s health data in the digital format. The data includes all the details, such as the patient’s medical history, medication, treatment plans, diagnoses, immunization dates, radiology images, allergy information, and pathology test results. This data helps healthcare providers take an informed decision about the patient’s care while sitting in any corner of the world.
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The report further stated that over 78.0% of all REC-enrolled PPCPs or 112,804 providers had exhibited meaningful use (MU) of certified EHR technology (CEHRT) in areas, including e-prescribing, clinical quality reporting, and medication reconciliation, thereby improving the overall patient care. A key driver of EHR implementation here has been the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009. Via the EHR Incentives Programs, it offers incentives to healthcare professionals who adopt and display the meaningful use of the technology, thus aiding in the EHR market growth.
Now, talking of market insights, the domain has been segmented by delivery mode, component, end user, and region. On the basis of delivery mode, the market is classified into on-premises and web/cloud-based server. Out of these, the web/cloud-based category accounted for the largest share (51.0%) in the electronic health record market in 2017. A number of advantages, such as low maintenance and infrastructure requirements, low licensing and start-up cost, and wider accessibility, are escalating the demand for web/cloud-based EHR. In addition, a web-based EHR offers higher productivity along with faster and smoother implementation.
Hence, advancements in technology, such as integrated healthcare information system, and increasing replacement rate of traditional data storage system with digital variants are predicted to propel the growth of the electronic health record market.