In the study entitled “Variation In Rural Health Information Technology Adoption And Use,” recently published in Health Affairs, Dawn M. Heisey-Grove noted that while initial health IT adoption and meaningful use achievement were higher among rural providers and hospitals than those in urban areas, these populations were less likely to return in subsequent years of the incentive program.

On the other hand, the author found that technical assistance from a Regional Extension Center (REC) was strongly associated with meaningful use achievement among rural providers. A variety of factors are leading to these results, which underscore the challenges that rural healthcare providers face today with IT.

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