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23 Mind-Blowing EHR Stats

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Did you know that the top six EHR vendors own fully 54% of the market?

There’s probably a lot you don’t know about EHR, even if you immerse yourself in med tech, there’s just too much happening to keep up with it all. That’s why I’ve gathered 23 huge electronic medical record software stats for you to peruse.


Life-saving EHR stats

1. $1 million in NIH funds are being used to determine whether digital reminders can improve compliance among kidney transplant patients. (Source: MHealthIntelligence)  << Tweet This!

2. Medication adherence is a $300 billion problem and one of the leading causes for hospital readmission. EHR adoption statistics. << Tweet This!

3. 78% of office physicians were using basic electronic medical records as of 2013. (Source: Wikipedia<< Tweet This!

4. More than 80% of US hospitals used some type of EHR in 2014. (Source: The National Law Review<< Tweet This!

EHR Costs

5. An on-premise EHR can cost $40,000 to set up. (Source:<< Tweet This!

6. People spend, on average, $117,672 per year on EHR software, which is $31,710 more than they expected to spend. (Source: Capterra Survey<< Tweet This!

7. People spent, on average, 37% more annually than they expected to. (Source: Capterra Survey<< Tweet This!

Which EHR people use

8. The top six EHR software vendors have fully 54% of the market. (Source: Capterra Survey<< Tweet This!


9. 56% of EHR users have a web-based EHR. (Source: Capterra Survey<< Tweet This!


10. 51% of the products in our EHR software directory are cloud-based. << Tweet This!

What practices do with their EHRs

11. More than twice as many people can submit billing and claims electronically as actually do. (Source: Capterra Survey<< Tweet This!

12. The global video telemedicine market is predicted to grow to $1,624.4 million by the end of 2020. (Source: Transparency Market Research<< Tweet This!

13. The largest U.S. drugstore chain, Walgreens, and telehealth provider MDLive offer a virtual care collaboration in 25 states. (Source: Health IT News<< Tweet This!

14. 89% of physicians reported using smartphones and tablets to communicate with staff. (Source: Black Book Ranking << Tweet This!

15. As of 2014, one-third of providers’ EHR wasn’t mobile-optimized. (Source: Epocrates Mobile Trends) << Tweet This!

16. 58% of users who can use their EHR on their tablet or smartphone reported being “very satisfied” with their software. Only 28% of users who couldn’t felt the same way. (Source: Software Advice<< Tweet This!

17. Only 18% of patients surveyed use a patient portal to access the data most relevant to them: their own health records. (Source: MMM-Online<< Tweet This!

18. Almost 40% of patients said they had “never heard of a patient portal before,” and 23% said they “know it is available, but don’t use it.” (Source: MMM-Online<< Tweet This!

EHR data stats

19. It’s estimated that 30% of all existing global data is healthcare related. (Source: SyTrue<< Tweet This!

20. 80% of all healthcare data remains unstructured. (Source: SyTrue<< Tweet This!

21. A data breach now costs organizations an average total of $3.8 million, up 23% from 2013. (Source: Healthcare Dive<< Tweet This!

22. There are more than 175 million health-related searches per day. (Source: MMM-Online<< Tweet This!

23. 4.5 million health records were hacked at UCLA Medical Center in 2015. (Source: NPR<< Tweet This!


Which stat surprised you the most? Let me know in the comments, and add any stats I should have included as well!

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Cathy Reisenwitz

Cathy Reisenwitz helps B2B software companies with their sales and marketing at Capterra. Her writing has appeared in The Week, Forbes, the Chicago Tribune, The Daily Beast, VICE Motherboard, Reason magazine, Talking Points Memo and other publications. She has been quoted by the New York Times Magazine and has been a columnist at Bitcoin Magazine. Her media appearances include Fox News and Al Jazeera America. If you're a B2B software company looking for more exposure, email Cathy at . To read more of her thoughts, follow her on Twitter.


It just surprised me that 30% of the world data are healthcare related.

80% of all healthcare data remains unstructured. If the data is already in an EHR, how can it be unstructured? Unless the input is in free text? Should there be some way to parse through that and structure that somehow?

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