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Health systems underestimate EMR costs

According to a study by Accenture, most health delivery organizations underestimate the time and costs associated with implementing advanced electronic medical record 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.
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