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More than half of U.S. doctors have switched to electronic health records and are using them to manage patients' basic medical information and prescriptions, according to federal data set to be released Wednesday.
The Department of Health and Human Services says it has reached a tipping point as it seeks to steer medical providers away from paper records. Advocates for electronic health records say they have the potential to make medical care safer and more efficient. In 2015, the federal government will start penalizing providers that haven't begun using electronic health records in reimbursements they get for treating patients.
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The U.S. health care system reached an important milestone – 50% of eligible providers are using EHRs meaningfully. HITArkansas is a leader in reaching this milestone. Forty-seven percent of the providers participating with the Regional Extension Center have attained Meaningful Use.
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