The following budget suggestions come from Sally McKenzie
Without a budget, the cash outlay for technology can quickly become overwhelming for the doctor and the practice. But how much is enough? I recommend that practices set aside about 5% of their annual gross revenues for both business and clinical technology.
On the business side, the typical budget would be about 1.5%. At that level, practices should be able to purchase the following:
1.. New computer hardware every 36 to 48 months.
2.. Practice management software, regular updates, and unlimited telephone support.
3.. On-site professional technical hardware and network installation and maintenance.
4.. A minimum of 16 hours of on-site software training annually.