There are many more vendors in specialty areas, such as lab, pharmacy, materials management, consulting, and medical devices but here we will explore the Top EHR Systems in 2021, focusing on those who specialize in either enterprise wide systems, or electronic health records for physician practice offices. Since one of the goals of this site is to help people who are starting in Healthcare IT, I’ve tried to find out if the vendors have intern or apprenticeship programs.
Allscripts is a publicly traded provider of practice management, EHR and financial management systems for small to medium sized hospitals and physician practices. Allscripts products cover most areas of clinical care, including emergency department, surgery, anesthesia, population health, and more.
They have a history of acquiring and merging with other vendors, such as Misys and Eclipsys, and more recently Practice Fusion. Their products are generally rated highly by the user community. The company suffered under a stormy internal struggle between the Chairman and some directors in 2012.
They have operations mainly around the Eastern part of the US, but also have some offices internationally, and they do outsource some of their development and support. They have a beginner/internship program, and could be considered a good place to start a career.
2019 revenue: $1.77 Billion
athenahealth is focused on cloud-based solutions. athenaClinicals and athenaOne are their offerings for Ambulatory practices and larger Healthcare systems. They focus on working with their clients to proactively analyze numerous data points from the software to resolve or prevent issues in billing, physician compliance, and regulatory compliance. They are particularly focused on helping organizations to reduce their accounts receivable days and understand costs associated with procedures and therapies.
In June 2018, Johnathan Bush stepped down due to fallout from personal conduct issues, and in November 2018, they were acquired by Private-equity firm Veritas Capital and hedge fund Elliott Management for about $5.7 billion.
2019 revenue: $5.7 Billion
Unlike some other Health IT companies, Cerner built most of its products on a single unified platform. The platform matured into the Cerner Millennium offering in 1997, and has continued to evolve and gain market share in the US and all over the world.
Their products get mixed reviews in the user community, and they have had a few high-profile implementation failures that resulted in lawsuits from hospital organizations who claimed that their products potentially harmed patient care.
Based in Kansas City, MO, with many international operations; they have opportunities for interns, beginners, and seasoned professionals. They have a reputation for demanding much from their staff.
2019 Revenue: $5.6 Billion
DrChrono is a web and cloud based EHR solution for practices of all sizes and various specialties. Based in Sunnyvale, California, DrChrono was started in 2009. They focus on improving workflows and decreasing administrative tasks in practices. In 2020, they raised $20 million in growth capital from ORIX Growth Capital.
2018 Revenue: $23 Million
Founded in 1999, eClinicalWorks is a privately held provider of EHR, billing, and population health software mostly for outpatient Ambulatory settings, focused on a cloud-based platform. In March 2018 they launched an EHR offering for acute care hospitals. They are based in Westborough, MA, with some operations in several other states.
2019 revenue: $600 Million