Charleston, W.VA. (AP) -- While the federal government prods doctors and hospitals to adopt electronic medical records systems, providers who haven't made the leap are worried about the possibility of high startup costs.
West Virginia's seven state-owned health care facilities, though, have made the transition to paperless records for $9 million, a fraction of what other large systems have paid.
The system was provided by California-based Medsphere, using a product based on open-source software employed by veterans administration hospitals.
Medsphere Chief Operating Officer Rick Young says open-source software saved the state millions in licensing fees.
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