BOONE, Iowa—The Boone County Hospital Board of Trustees found out that the proposed transition to Electronic Medical Records for the Boone County Hospital is expected to take place in 14 weeks. Hospital Chief Financial Officer Dave Mellett and Assistant Administrator Howard Eikenberry updated the Trustees Thursday. $3.6 million has been expended so far, with nearly $3.3 million going toward hardware and software. Staff members, working on developing the customized pages that the Boone County Hospital staff will use, were commended for their efforts by consultants helping with the installation. Previously, Joe Smith, CEO of the Boone County Hospital, said that the Electronic Medical Records program is going to have to be operational for a period of time before federal reimbursement will begin. A substantial portion of the amount being spent is expected to be recouped. Some individual departments could begin using their Electronic Records Program within the next month or so.