Provisions in the stimulus law that call for cuts in Medicare reimbursements, rather than a multibillion-dollar incentive program, will do more to push the adoption of electronic medical records among hospitals and doctor practices by 2015, according to a report from PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Research Institute. The survey, which involved 100 hospital CIOs, also said that providers need to evaluate whether they should start deploying EMR systems before details such as "meaningful use" and certification are finalized.

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