When it comes to EHR software adoption, the majority of large and mid size hospital and health systems have made their selections.  Most have chosen between EPIC or Cerner as they both have dominant market shares in the vertical space.

To the rest, assorted systems have been installed – yet many providers have been unsatisfied with a best of breed approach vs. a single solid suite EHR suite with it’s many benefits – not the least of which is interoperability and single source for installation and support.  But, these have come at a price few if any smaller health systems could afford. Until now.

Last February EPIC’s Adam Whitlatch, lead developer told Becker’s Hospital Review that EPIC was working on developing two new EHR versions.  The update to that announcement is that in March 2018 EPIC will release a lower priced version of it’s product, Sonnet. This addition brings the number of EPIC versions for purchase to three.  The full EPIC EHR which is named “All-Terrain”, a mid-range EPIC EHR which has fewer modules and is named “Utility”.

No doubt part of the broad market penetration strategy, EPIC’s Sonnet software is designed for small hospitals, physician groups and post-acute care facilities — leverages the company’s “compact method” for installations, which only takes a few months, according to Epic. Sonnet will be interoperable with the Epic All-Terrain EHR.