Setting up an electronic health record system costs $40,000 per doctor, and one group medical practice that has an EHR system is paying $60,000 per year for technical support.
Dr. David Richard Baron, chief executive of Greenhouse Internists P.C., Philadelphia, the group practice with the EHR system, gave those cost estimates at a recent teleconference held to announce the results of an EHR study published in the New England Journal of Medicine by a team of researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.
The team, led by Dr. David Blumenthal, looked at adoption of EHR systems and related health information technology.
Only 17% of the physicians surveyed have implemented EHR systems, the researchers found.
About 42% of the physicians who do not use an EHR system said they either had bought a system and had not implemented it yet or were planning to buy one in the next 2 years.