The main drivers for providers who adopt health IT tools such as electronic health records are financial incentives and the need to share patient information with other providers, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT.

A new data brief released by ONC finds that since the enactment of the 2009 HITECH Act 62 percent of physicians who adopted health IT tools did so to get financial incentives and to avoid penalties, compared with only 23 percent of physicians who adopted before the enactment of the law.

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