US sales of electronic medical record systems to large hospitals fell to a seven year low in 2008.
Sales of new EMR contracts are, however, predicted to be far higher in 2009, spurred by $19 billion of federal financial incentives for ‘meaningful use’ of EMRs.
The figures, produced from US research firm KLAS, say EMR vendors sold the lowest number of new contracts to hospitals with more than 200 beds in the US and Canada since it began recording figures seven years ago.
The biggest winner in the depressed 2008 EMR market was EPIC Systems, which continued to make gains among large hospitals even during the economic downturn, capturing nearly 40 percent of the new business, according to KLAS.
According to Hospital IT News McKesson and Siemens also counted wins, while Cerner saw no net growth in its clinical market share for the first time.
The main clinical wins in 2008 were for Epic's EpicCare Inpatient, Siemens' Soarian Clinicals and McKesson's Paragon Clinicals.
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