Study finds lower EHR adoption rates in hospitals serving mostly poor

Hospitals that serve predominantly low-income patients have lower adoption rates of electronic health records and other forms of health IT due to insufficient capital, according to a study funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Authors of the study, which also found a lower standard of care in these hospitals, said federal and state legislators should ensure that hospitals serving the most vulnerable patients receive their fair share of stimulus funding for EHRs.

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