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Health Affairs Web First: Wide Differences In Rural Health Information Technology Adoption
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Over the past few years, health providers in the United States have been adopting health information technology. While prior national research has shown that rural providers have introduced health IT at the same, or greater, rates than their urban counterparts, a new study, being released as a Web First by Health Affairs, found dramatic variations among rural providers, ranging from 91.0 percent for podiatrists to 9.5 percent for dentists.

The author, Dawn M. Heisey-Grove, obtained the meaningful-use achievement data from the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs between 2011 and 2014, which contained information from 548,961 providers and hospitals.

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