University of Arizona Health Network is nearly $30 million in debt and its pricey electronic medical record (EMR) implementation is a big reason why.

University of Arizona Health Network is nearly $30 million in debt and its pricey electronic medical record (EMR) implementation is a big reason why.

The two hospital, multi-clinic system, the largest in Southern Arizona, paid an estimated $115 million to install its Epic Systems (the Verona, Wisc.-based company) EMR. The total, Arizona Daily Star reports, included $32 million in non-budgeted costs that occurred because the health system had a two-month delay in getting the EMR live and it needed extra support for training.

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