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ONC to Congress: EHR Adoption, Meaningful Use Rising Steadily

By Matthew Smith

June 28, 2013 — In its latest official report to Congress, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) praises the nation’s progress in health IT adoption, including EHR implementation and participation in the EHR Incentive Programs.  Physician EHR adoption has increased from one in five in 2009 to more than 40% in 2012, due largely to meaningful use requirements and the availability of better technology.

“Information is widely recognized as the lifeblood of modern medicine,” the report says.  “By enabling health information to be used more effectively and efficiently throughout our health system, health IT has the potential to empower providers and patients, make health care and the health system more transparent, enhance the study of care delivery and payment systems, and drive substantial improvements in care, efficiency, and population health.”

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