Nationwide EHR implementation price tag estimated at $150 billion

Full implementation of networked e-health records in U.S. doctors’ offices and hospitals could cost around $150 billion over eight years, a California professor told an Institute of Medicine workshop today.

Robert Miller, a professor of health economics at the University of California, San Francisco, acknowledged that his $150 billion ballpark estimate sounded like a large sum but called it “manageable” because it amounts to less than a 1 percent increase per year in the nation’s total health care spending.

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