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July 11, 2018

Updated August 2019

The Canadian healthcare system, unlike most of the U.S. healthcare system, has been publicly funded since 1984. Canadian citizens have access to universal coverage for necessary healthcare services, with patients paying out-of-pocket or purchasing supplemental coverage for prescription medications, and vision and dental care.

Prescription medication is also relatively inexpensive, as the Canadian government negotiates drug prices on a federal level. These and other differences make it difficult for U.S.-based companies to understand exactly how to approach the Canadian healthcare market.

Currently, Definitive Healthcare tracks more than 830 Canadian hospitals, over 125 Canadian health systems, and approximately 7,600 hospital executives across the country's ten provinces. We've compiled a list of the top 10 largest Canadian hospitals by number of staffed beds, including the name of the network each facility belongs to, with the name of each facility’s network. 

Top 10 Canadian Hospitals by Number of Staffed Beds

Hospital Name Definitive ID Staffed Beds Network
McMaster University Medical Centre (ON) 585921 1,212 Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation
Centre Hospitalier de lUniversite Laval (QC) 775721 1,196 CHU de Quebec - Universite Laval
Foothills Medical Centre (AB) 586129 1,079 Alberta Health Services - Calgary Zone
Vancouver General Hospital (BC) 585714 1,003 Vancouver Coastal Health
Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre (NS) 585853 968 Nova Scotia Health Authority
The Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus (ON) 840012 965 The Ottawa Hospital System
Royal Alexandra Hospital (AB) 586180 877 Alberta Health Services - Edmonton Zone
Hamilton General Hospital (ON) 839795 840 Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation
University of Alberta Hospital (AB) 586182 835 Alberta Health Services - Edmonton Zone
Health Sciences Centre (MB) 585797 777 Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

Fig 1 Data from Definitive Healthcare via the Canadian Institute for Health Information and proprietary sources.

This list includes all Canadian hospitals, regardless of facility type. Definitive Healthcare tracks 7 categories of Canadian Hospitals, including cancer treatment centers, chronic care facilities, rehabilitation hospitals, pediatric and psychiatric specialty hospitals, and more. In addition to facility intelligence, Definitive also tracks more than 50 individual technology vendors as well as seven categories of technology implementations, such as clinical systems, electronic health records (EHRs), and revenue cycle management.

Top EHR Vendors in Canadian Hospitals by Implementations

  1. Meditech: 334
  2. Epic: 232
  3. Cerner: 102
  4. Allscripts: 44
  5. Telus: 33

Fig 2 Data from Definitive Healthcare via the Canadian Institute for Health Information and proprietary sources. Includes inpatient and ambulatory implementations – for this reason, some hospitals may be counted twice.

As you can see from the list above, Meditech is the leading provider of EHR systems in Canadian hospitals, with Epic coming in second. This is quite a distinction from the U.S. healthcare market. The leading providers of EHR systems in U.S. hospitals are Epic, which holds 28.5 percent of the market share, followed by Cerner, with 23.4 percent of the market share. Meditech holds about 13 percent of the EHR vendor market in the U.S., a far cry from the 40 percent market share it holds in Canada. However, Meditech outperforms Epic in the Canadian market according to Definitive Healthcare data.

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