Simplicity Health Systems has created what we call a "Care Ecosystem™" by bringing a platform to the market that facilitates this sort of integration. Where current market participants provide tools that consolidate health information into one large single repository (Health Information Exchanges), our approach is to leave the data where it lives. Federated and asynchronous, this model allows providers and health networks alike to leverage the money they have already spent on systems that have already deployed.

Simplicity’s core product set facilitates such a Care Ecosystem™ and allows health information to become pervasive and ubiquitous in any given care setting.…

Health information market pundits predict greater consolidation in the electronic health records marketplace. The idea is that the larger companies will gobble up the smaller companies, which will create standardization and uniformity in the marketplace. We disagree, and the math is on our side. At the beginning of 2013 the following statistics were true:

28% of the Ambulatory Practice Management market was held by the hundreds of EHR companies that hold less than 1% of the market. This is 12 percentage points higher than the largest individual market share holder, AllScripts, which held 16% of the market.

25% of the Ambulatory EMR (clinical documentation) market was held by the hundreds of companies that hold less than 1% of the market. This is 10 percentage points higher than the largest individual market share holder, AllScripts, which held 15% of the market.

34% of all eligible professionals attested to meaningfully using an electronic medical records system in 2011 and 2012 combined did so by using one of the hundreds of EHR companies that hold less than 1% of the market. This is 13 percentage points higher than the largest individual market share holder, Epic, which held 21% of the market.

The point here is that there is far too much segmentation in the current market without a clearly defined market leader for consolidation to take place. The only way to create interoperability between the hundreds of disparate systems that make up a community of care is to integrate them.

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