Study: Proximity to IT Companies Affects EMR Costs

The adoption of electronic medical records was likely to provide savings for urban hospitals after three years of their use, while rural hospitals faced increased costs for at least six years, a study found.

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Hospitals' proximity to information technology companies and their experience with health IT upgrades were among the biggest determinants of whether the addition of EMRs would lower or increase costs, according to an analysis for the National Bureau of Economic Research.