As long as you don't overspend on hardware and training, the available reimbursements should be plenty to cover all the initial costs of implementing Stratus EMR. Here's a breakdown, year-by-year:
If you start using Stratus EMR in 2012:
If you wait until 2013 to start using Stratus EMR:
If you're really on the fence and wait until 2014 to start using Stratus EMR:
As you see, the sooner you start using Stratus EMR, the more money you'll get reimbursed. Also, the sooner you start using Stratus EMR, the sooner you'll be able to take advantage of the great efficiencies the software will bring to your practice and patient care.
(Note that these are the maximum payment amounts available. The actual Medicare reimbursement amount is 75% of your Medicare-allowed charges, so you need to have at least $24,000 in Medicare-allowed charges to receive the full $18,000 during your first year of using Stratus EMR.)