Reflecting on our most read content


As 2023 draws to a close, we’re taking a moment to reflect on the year that was. We've put together a list of our 10 most-read articles, each backed by healthcare commercial intelligence from the Definitive Healthcare platform. These pieces provide insights into the topics that resonated most with our audience. Counting down to number one, can you guess what topics our readers cared about the most?

10. What are the largest U.S. hospitals by bed count?

Hospitals are the heart of the healthcare system, but have you ever wondered which ones are the biggest? In this Healthcare Insight, we share a list of the largest hospitals in the U.S. by total number of staffed beds. AdventHealth Orlando topped our list with 2,247 staffed beds and is also a top hospital by Medicare discharges and net patient revenue. Find out who else made our list of the largest U.S. hospitals by bed count.

9. Most common antipsychotic medications by prescriptions dispensed

Antipsychotics are drugs that treat psychosis. Psychosis is not a mental illness, but rather a collection of symptoms that can distort a person's perception of reality. Without treatment, psychosis can be profoundly disabling. Using intelligence from the Definitive Healthcare Atlas Prescription Claims Dataset, we ranked the top 10 most prescribed antipsychotics dispensed to U.S. patients.

8. Top hospitals by pancreatic cancer visits

Pancreatic cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the pancreas start to grow uncontrollably, forming a mass or tumor. In the U.S., an estimated 64,050 adults were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2023. Using data from our Atlas All-Payor Claims Dataset, we’ve compiled a list of U.S. hospitals ranked by number of visits related to pancreatic cancer. Read the article to see which top pancreatic cancer hospitals made our list.

7. 50 largest VA hospitals by number of staffed beds

Since 1930, the U.S. has provided medical services for war veterans at Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals. Veterans who served in the active army, naval, or air service with an honorable discharge all qualify for VA services. The VA is the largest healthcare provider in the U.S., serving more than nine million veterans each year. It’s comprised of hundreds of hospitals, medical centers, clinics, and more. In this post, we share a list ranking the top veterans’ hospitals by the number of staffed beds.

6. Medical claims 101: What you need to know

Medical claims are some of the most valuable sources of data for healthcare organizations. All-payor claims contain detailed diagnosis and procedure information for any billable patient visit. Healthcare organizations can use this claims information to trace referral patterns, understand market opportunities, improve population health, and more. In this blog, we help you learn the basics about medical claims: what they are, where they come from, and what they mean.

5. 10 most common inpatient EHR systems by market share

Electronic health records (EHRs) are a critical piece of technology for most healthcare facilities, serving as a digital record for patient data. But with a crowded vendor landscape, who holds the reins? We dug into Definitive Healthcare’s Atlas Technology Install Dataset to compile a list of the top EHR vendors in the U.S. ranked by market share. Epic Systems is by far the largest EHR vendor with more than 2,700 installations. But beyond this titan, the battle for market dominance continues. Explore EHR vendor market shares in this post.

4. Most common antidepressants

Major depressive disorder is one of the most common mental health diagnoses. And with more and more people discussing how to cope with and manage mental health, the topic is becoming less taboo. Treatment options range from traditional therapy to digital tools and, often, medication. But which antidepressants are clinicians reaching for most often? Find out in our list of the top 10 most prescribed antidepressants dispensed to U.S. patients in 2022.

3. Top 10 largest health systems in the U.S.

Across the U.S., large health systems are absorbing independent hospitals and small chains, creating a landscape dominated by a few behemoths. We analyzed data from Definitive Healthcare's HospitalView product, which tracks more than 930 active health systems, and discovered the 10 biggest players by number of hospitals. These health systems own or manage 1,400 hospitals combined – or 19% of all active hospitals in the country. Want to know which health systems topped the list? Discover the largest health systems in the U.S.

2. What were the most prescribed antibiotics of 2022?

You’ve most likely taken an antibiotic at least once in your lifetime. From strep throat to ear infections, antibiotics treat a broad variety of bacterial infections and are one of the most used drugs in healthcare. According to the CDC, healthcare professionals prescribed more than 236 million antibiotics in 2022 – or 709 per 1,000 persons. Discover the top 10 most prescribed and dispensed antibiotics in 2022.

1. Most common anti-anxiety medications

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health diagnoses in the U.S., impacting nearly 30% of adults at some point during their lives. Fortunately, there are many effective treatment options available, including medications like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs), benzodiazepines, beta-blockers, and more. Wondering which ones physicians are prescribing the most? Check out our list of the top 20 most prescribed anti-anxiety medications dispensed to U.S. patients in 2022.

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Nicole Witowski

Nicole Witowski is a Senior Content Writer at Definitive Healthcare. She brings more than 10 years of experience writing about the healthcare industry. Her work has been…

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