An article in the Boulder County Business Report in Colorado, plucked from the HIStalk Web site, examines the problems of getting providers to see the value of joining a health information exchange.

The Colorado Regional Health Information Organization recently went live with a small number of providers in Boulder. But half of the county's physicians don't yet have electronic health records and, in addition to that cost, linking to CORHIO will cost $85 per physician per month, plus $2,500 to $5,000 in training fees for a practice. Further, many of the physicians with an EHR use the NextGen system and already can exchange data among themselves.

The article looks at Boulder Community Hospital, which is participating in the CORHIO at a cost of $10,000 per month. It is expensive but the right thing to do, according to CIO Linda Minghella. The complete article is available here.


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