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The use of electronic health records (EHRs) by physicians, hospitals, and other providers has dramatically increased in recent years.  The federal government reports that 78% of office-based physicians are now using some type of EHR, up from only 18% in 2001.[1]  Additionally, while only 9% of hospitals had adopted EHRs in 2008, more than 80% are now meaningfully using the technology.[2]

[1] Hsiao CJ, Hing E. ”Use and characteristics of electronic health record systems among office-based practices: United States, 2001-2013.” NCHS data brief, no 143. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2014.

[2] Press Release, United States Department of Health & Human Services, “Doctors and hospitals’ use of health IT more than doubles since 2012.” (May 22, 2013).

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