Cerner vs. Epic: The Biggest EHR Vendors

If you serving in healthcare, you must heard of Cerner and Epic. Combined, these EHR vendors own more than half of the market share for acute care hospitals in the United States. That percentage goes even higher when you narrow in on the 500+ bed hospital market.

These are large, costly systems, so there’s little room for forgiveness when it comes to choosing the one your organization will use. Contracts frequently run into the millions even billions of dollars, and implementing the software itself can take anywhere from six months to over a year, not to mention the time it takes staff to learn the new system.

While Cerner and Epic are two of the most known names in the EHR software space, they aren’t the only options. To help you find the right tools for your practice, here’s a quick list of the top EHR systems.


Cerner provides EHR solutions to a wide variety of medical practices. Cerner’s Ambulatory EHR is ideal for many practice types including group medical clinics, specialty practices, and Emergency care centers. This program ensures compliance with Government regulations while minimizing errors and enhancing efficiency. This program’s key features include a user-friendly dashboard that streamlines workflow, provides secure access to records via mobile devices, and a convenient “Chart Search” function.


Epic’s EpicCare Ambulatory EMR platform is ideal for use by large hospital systems and multi-location practices. This EMR solution includes an intuitive “Smart Software” feature used to guide actions and suggest corrections. Epic’s EMR solutions work well for hospital systems seeking an efficient, intuitive, and secure method of managing electronic medical records. This platform can be personalized and includes filtering tools designed to make the process of chart review more efficient.

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