EMR Deals Picking Up Pace?

Posted on January 11, 2010 I Written By

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Recent stimulus-induced EHR deals show sooner-than-expected adoption, especially in the hospital sector, according to investment firm Piper Jaffrey.

The second half of 2010 and all of 2011 are likely to show a large number of EHR deals, Piper Jaffrey analyst Sean Wieland wrote in his analysis Friday.

Wieland noted a growing trend of hospitals buying or subsidizing EHRs for physician practices.

“We continue to believe that mega-deals will continue as hospitals seek to capture first-mover advantage and HHS’ finalization of stimulus criteria will act as a catalyst for stand-alone physician/group practices to jump into the deal foray,” he said. –source

I’d be interested to know where Piper Jaffrey got their numbers that support their conclusion that EHR adoption showed better adoption in late 2010. I guess maybe they’re comparing their numbers to what they thought it would be. Maybe they expected adoption to be close to 0 and it was just over that.

I do think that Piper Jaffrey is dead on when they say that EHR deals will see a huge increase in 2010. It’s going to be the season for EHR adoption.

Do you think that the “mega-deals” involving hospitals subsidizing the EHR will be the reason?