Rural healthcare providers started out with a bang on electronic health record adoption, outpacing their urban counterparts, but once federal technical assistance through the regional extension centers (RECs) dried up, many rural healthcare providers fell out of the meaningful use program.
Some 82.3 percent of rural physicians have adopted EHRs, slightly ahead of the percentage posted by urban physicians, who had a 78 percent adoption rate, according to the analysis, conducted by researchers at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. In addition, rural providers were more likely than their urban counterparts to have achieved meaningful use.
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