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Health Systems Underestimate EMR Costs

Accenture study finds that IT expenses increased 80% during electronic medical records system implementation, and higher costs are sustained over the long term.
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According to a study by Accenture, most health delivery organizations underestimate the time and costs associated with implementing advanced electronic medical record (EMR) functions, including clinical order entry, nursing and physician documentation, clinical decision support, and bar-coding medications.

Released last week, the study, "Secrets of Success on the EMR Journey to Meaningful Use: Leading Hospital CIOs Reveal Key Lessons Learned," also found that hospitals will experience significant spikes in operating costs during the period of time that they install EMR systems.

Accenture said it interviewed 15 CIOs who work at healthcare delivery organizations that are advanced in their EMR implementations and used quantitative benchmarking to identify six key insights that can help health delivery organizations successfully adopt their EMR technology. These are:

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