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Financial Incentives Appear to Boost Electronic Health Record Use

Mike Mitka, MSJ
JAMA. 2013;310(23):2496. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.283436.
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An increasing number of hospitals and health care professionals are taking advantage of federal incentive payments that reward incorporation of electronic health records (EHRs) into practice settings, reports the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Federal incentive payments boosted incorporation of electronic health records, or EHRs, into practice settings, according to a recent report.

The GAO report, released October 24, found that approximately $6.3 billion in these EHR incentive payments were awarded in 2012, almost 3 times the $2.3 billion awarded in 2011 (http://1.usa.gov/1cg4KKR).

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Federal incentive payments boosted incorporation of electronic health records, or EHRs, into practice settings, according to a recent report.

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