- Physician and staff time
To learn about EMRs, plan implementation, operate the environment\
- Office infrastructure
Cabling, power panels, office furniture
- Software acquisition
EMR software license, other software
- Software maintenance
Ongoing maintenance fees
- Technical support
Responding to technical issues
Physician/staff participation in training programs
Leasing vs. purchasing
Physicians can either lease or purchase the hardware required for an EMR.
Most computers have a useful life cycle of about 36 months. Physicians are advised to work with their accountant to determine the best strategy for their practice.
When planning an EMR implementation, it’s important to negotiate adequate contracts with service providers. Support companies can offer contracts that define response times for addressing hardware failures and other issues.