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Maryland EMR Adoption Rate Reaches Milestone

June 16, 2011

Maryland has subscribed all of its slots under the federal Health Information Technology Regional Centers Program, bringing federally-subsidized direct assistance support to 1,000 primary care physicians who started the process of implementing and using electronic health records (EHRs). Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown made the announcement at an event co-hosted by the Chesapeake Regional Information System for Our Patients (CRISP), Maryland’s regional extension center for health IT (REC).

According to data released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), as a percentage of its statewide goal, Maryland leads in enrolling eligible physicians for the federally subsidized assistance. The benefits of EHRs can include improved care coordination, reduced medical errors, and streamlined workflows.

“Governor O’Malley and I have made implementing EHRs one of our 15 strategic goals because health IT will help reduce costs while improving care for Marylanders,” said Lt. Governor Brown, co-chair of Maryland’s Health Care Reform Coordinating Council. “Maryland is leading the way in adopting technology that offers the opportunity to transform the healthcare delivery system, both in Maryland and nationally.”

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