Electronic health records (EHRs) are real-time, patient-centered health records that include all the information related to a patient's medical history. They allow instant availability of a patient's health records to the authorized users.
Increase in adoption of EHR, increased use of cloud-based EHR software, rapid surge in aging population, and subsequent rise in the number of chronic diseases drive the market growth. However, high cost of EHR and increase in concerns regarding the patient data safety & security are expected to impede the market growth. Moreover, huge market potential in the developing regions are expected to offer further opportunities for market growth during the forecast period.
Based on product, server-based EHR software is expected to maintain its dominant (more than half of the market share in 2016) position during the analysis period as it allows for a wide range of customization, is interoperable, and has a robust support from vendors.
Based on type, the inpatient EHR segment held the major market share in 2016 and is expected to dominate the market throughout the forecast period as can integrate data of lab, pharmacy, x-ray, billing systems and many other hospital departments so that data consistency is maintained while sharing patient information between each of the various hospital departments.
The cloud-based software segment accounted for more than two-fifths share in the global market.
Ambulatory EHR is expected to be the fastest growing technology with a CAGR of 5.6%.
The hospitals segment held a major share of more than two-fifths of the global market in 2016 and is expected to retain it throughout the forecast period.
Clinical application segment occupied one-third share of the global market in 2016 and is expected to retain it throughout the forecast period.
Asia-Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing region, registering a CAGR of 6.5% during the forecast period.
North America accounted for nearly half of the global market in 2016 and is expected to remain dominant throughout the forecast period. This is attributed to the increase in adoption of information technology in the healthcare industry, increasing baby boomer population, increasing demand for better healthcare, and increasing demand for interoperable medical devices/solutions. Moreover, government support and presence of highly sophisticated healthcare infrastructure are expected to present new growth opportunities to the players in this market.
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