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AHA seeks smoother road for hospitals on Stage 2
Modern Healthcare

American Hospital Association Executive Vice President Richard Pollack says the “digital divide” is widening between technologically advanced large and urban hospitals and their smaller and rural counterparts. Meanwhile, although nearly 3,500 hospitals have registered for federal incentive payment programs for the use of electronic health-records systems, more than 80% of hospitals have not yet achieved the first stage of meaningful use of their EHRs to qualify them for incentive payments—a result, Pollack said, of “both the high bar set and market factors such as accelerating costs and limited vendor capacity.”