I apologize. In this article from last week I stated that paper records cost about $2.50 each. I was wrong.
As you can see in the screen shot below a basic record actually starts at $4.39.
I looked this up after a reader questioned my calculations. Based on a modest practice size of 2,500 patients the paper records will cost $10,975. That is $4,725 more than I estimated in the previous article.
The $10,975 is just the cost of the paper it does not include the cost of additional content such as radiographs or the cost of storage. Plus the biggest cost of all the cost of time needed by team members and dentists to keep the record up to date.
There really is no comparison, digital records are far less expensive than paper records.