No doubt many people that come to this website find my long list of EMR companies and are just in awe at the number of EMR companies on that list. That list was posted back in February of 2006 and so no doubt the list is missing a lot of newer EMR companies as well. What we do know is that there are somewhere between 300-400 EMR companies in existence right now.
As if that weren’t a big enough challenge, but I recently saw this list of medical specialties which I’ve pared down a little bit below:
Allergy and Immunology
Physical medicine and rehab
Behavioral health (Psychology)
Hematology and Oncology
36 different medical specialties (and I may have missed some) each with their own EMR needs. I’m sure the fact that there are so many specialties is not news to anyone in the medical industry. However, I’d never really seen the list and so when I saw it I realized what a vast challenge we have ahead of us.
Can you imagine HHS and/or CCHIT trying to certify the EMR needs for each of these specialties? By the way, this list doesn’t even include emergency room or long term care facilities which are kind of an EMR beast in their own right.
Yes, many could make the argument that there are many similarities between what’s done in all these various practices. Certainly this is true to a large extent. However, I’ve recently seen a growing trend with EMR companies becoming more and more specialty specific. Not the big EMR companies. They’ll also try to be all things for everyone. I’m talking about smaller EMR vendors which are carving out their niche in the EMR market by focusing on certain specialties.