Doctors looking to attract new patients may want to buy an electronic medical-record system because a new survey slated to be released next week found that a majority of consumers said technology plays a role in their selection of a physician. The good news for doctors is that 51% of consumers said they would be willing to pay for the service if the price were reasonable.
Only 10% of doctors surveyed said they had the technology, according to a survey by Accenture, a consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Eighty-six percent of the doctors cited the cost of implementing and/or maintaining the system as a concern. Physicians also worried about the time it would take to implement a program and potential privacy risks for patient information.
According to the American Medical Association, studies suggest that the cost of implementing a system is $30,000 per doctor. Ongoing costs can range from $3,000 to $15,000 a year per doctor.
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