Through the Health Information Technology Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) of 2009, the federal government is investing nearly $30 billion in incentives for hospitals and health care providers to adopt and meaningfully use electronic health records (EHRs). The federal government’s goal is to be transformative—to enable new and improved ways of managing patients that cannot easily be accomplished via paper—rather than merely doing electronically what was previously done on paper.
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