EMR, PMS integration driving U.S. market growth

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The integration of practice management systems (PMS) and electronic medical records (EMR) applications is driving a strong replacement trend for standalone systems in this U.S. market segment, according to market research firm Frost & Sullivan.

Priyan Viswanathan, a research analyst at the company, said that integrated PMS/EMR products increase the productivity, reliability, and revenues of the physician’s practice, which in turn, improves the quality of healthcare rendered to patients.

Frost & Sullivan said that the PMS market in the United States earned revenues of $1.05 billion in 2005, and estimates this to reach $1.66 billion in 2012.