The National Center for Health Statistics will expand its collection of specific information about the use of electronic medical records in its annual National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, the agency of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced.

The survey provides a range of baseline data on the characteristics of the users and providers of ambulatory care, according to the National Center for Health Statistics in a notice published Jan. 29 in the Federal Register. The center in 2008 added to the national survey a supplemental mail survey on the adoption and use of EMRs and now will continue and expand that practice.

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