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Federal dollars helped close the digital divide between rural and urban hospitals
Modern Healthcare

The digital divide between small, rural hospitals and larger, urban hospitals is closing. And that success is due, in part, to the federal electronic health-record incentive program. At least 94% of small and rural hospitals, according to the latest CMS data, now has an EHR system, or has contracted to buy one, with top-level functionality such as computerized physician-order entry to complete orders, clinical decision support and interoperability, according to the latest CMS data. That same data show that 4,827 hospitals, or 97% of the 4,993 hospitals eligible to participate in the program created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, have been paid a share of $18.6 billion in EHR incentive payments.