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CORHIO is that 85% of all primary care providers
and community health centers will be meaningful users of electronic health records (EHR) by 2014.
A financial award will be made to physicians who
meet this “meaningful use standard” by the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Nationally, only 18%
of physicians in office-based practices report using
an EHR. Estimated costs of an EHR are $40,000$50,000 per year per physician in the first year of
adoption and $10,000-$20,000 annually thereafter.
While these patterns are national, they appear
to reflect Colorado costs, as well. Significant IT
investment within and on behalf of the healthcare
sector will also occur with the development of the
Colorado Health Benefit Exchange, which is an
electronic “marketplace” where individuals and
small businesses will be able to access and purchase
health insurance. The State of Colorado received
federal funding of nearly $1 million in 2010 to
facilitate the planning of the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange. Alt...
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