The medical industry is changing and nowadays, in order for the doors of a medical facility to stay open, they need to focus the majority of their energy on cutting back costs wherever possible. This means reducing the levels of staff, turning off lights to save on electricity and even buying their medical supplies in bulk. The problem is that for a lot of medical facilities, this is simply not going to be enough in order to save them in the long term. If they are going to continue to operate they need something in place that is not a short term plan, but a long term solution. They will need something that saves them hundreds of dollars and hours of time every single day so that they can get more work done, with less staff being employed at the same time. This is where EMR pricing really comes into play and suddenly becomes an option for a lot of medical facilities.
The reality is that EMR pricing is extremely high, or at least it looks like it at face value. Take for instance that some of the cheapest electronic medical record software costs in excess of $10,000. This is likely to be basic software that has been specifically designed for fairly low technology reliant medical facilities with half a dozen medical physicians or less involved. Of course, go into a larger medical facility where the technological processes that have been incorporated are a lot more complex and the pricing is likely to increase dramatically. It is not unusual for this kind of software to cost in the region of $50,000 or more in some cases.
The problem that a lot of medical facilities have is the fact that they simply do not have the cash flow to be out-laying thousands of dollars, regardless of the rewards investing that money might achieve. The reality is that Government funding is at an all time low thanks to the economic recession, which means each medical facility generally has to make do with the equipment and supplies that they already have. Those that can not make do with the supplies that they already have find themselves in an extremely awkward position and many of these facilities are closing their doors as they simply do not have the financial backing to keep going.
The Government realizes that something needs to be done otherwise before long hundreds of medical facilities throughout the country will be closing their doors and this will start to create problems. This will put pressure on many of the other medical facilities throughout the country and these too will face the possibility of closing down. This is why the Government is helping out these facilities with the cost of EMR pricing where ever possible in an effort to try and make purchasing EMR software much more affordable than it ever has been. This increases their productivity and costs the Government less in the long run.
The great thing about the Government is that they are prepared to put up anything to the value of $44,000 depending how much the individual piece of software actually costs. They are able to assess each of the medical facilities to determine which of them is going to really benefit from the investment. Of course, there are certain rules when it comes to eligibility of the funding. For instance, the individual medical facility needs to prove that they use the software in a meaningful way on a daily basis. They can show this by getting involved in a 90 day test which will involve a Government representative assessing how they use it.