ASCs spend a lot of money on the materials needed to build a paper chart. Centers shell out roughly $7 per chart, and that doesn’t include the time and labor office staff invest in assembling, retrieving, taking apart and reassembling them. A typical ASC spends five minutes building a patient chart, which translates into an entire business day per month for every 100 cases. Then there’s medical records storage and shredding. Put all those figures together, and paper charting adds a lot to the average $1.5 million an ASC allocates to operating expenses each year, according to VMG Health’s 2018 Multi-Specialty ASC Benchmarking Study.