The $21 billion in incentives paid to acute care hospitals under the HITECH Act to get them to implement electronic health records systems was a significant driver in their adoption of EHRs, and it would not have occurred without this investment by the federal government.

That’s the conclusion of new research, published in the August issue of Health Affairs, which examined the differential effect of HITECH on EHR adoption among 4,268 incentive-eligible and 851 ineligible hospitals from 2008 to 2015.

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