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EHR Deployment Costs Approach $30,000 Per Doctor
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Lisa Henderson
Lisa Henderson,
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2/8/2012 | 1:45:49 PM
re: EHR Deployment Costs Approach $30,000 Per Doctor
Agreed, an interesting report. Two things that jumped out; 25% are still using paper-only systems, not the majority but still significant. Also,in comparison to those upfront and maintenance costs, how much do the physicians or groups get back from the govt?

Lisa Henderson, InformationWeek Healthcare contributing editor
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2/2/2012 | 5:24:11 PM
re: EHR Deployment Costs Approach $30,000 Per Doctor
The $30,000 figure is a per FTE physician benchmark based upon the subsequent question:

What was the approximate per physician purchase and implementation cost for the system?
______________ implementation cost

Therefore, it is inclusive of acquisition as well as implementation costs.

In reference to the second inquiry, the question was not explicit. However, the survey that this question resides within is based upon a fiscal year.

In reference to the third inquiry, the survey question was as follows:

What was the approximate per physician, per month maintenance cost for the system? _________________ maintenance cost

This could be a contractual per month cost and/or a usage cost that was computed per month.

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2/2/2012 | 4:24:04 PM
re: EHR Deployment Costs Approach $30,000 Per Doctor
Interesting report but some clarification is needed to make it meaningful. First, what is included in the $30,000 figure, i.e. is it only the acquisition cost of the EHR? Second, does this figure represent the expenditure for 1 year? If not what was the time span? Third, are the maintenance fees mentioned above in addition to the services provided by the vendor?

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