Hospitals that serve a disproportionately large share of poor patients are lagging well behind other hospitals in adopting electronic health records (EHR), leading to a digital divide that could exacerbate health care disparities, researchers report today in the Web exclusive edition of the journal Health Affairs. The first national survey to examine EHR adoption among hospitals that primarily serve poor people shows that lack of capital remains a large barrier to embracing digital recordkeeping, and that unless enough federal dollars flow to these institutions, they will have a difficult time catching up.
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