The recently enacted Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) of 2009 represents an important first step towards achieving the vision of a nationwide, fully interoperable electronic health record (EHR) system. However, the gap between that vision and current reality remains wide. Many healthcare providers still use paper records. Other providers have tried to implement EHR systems, but unfortunately, many such projects have failed. "Industry experts agree that failure rates of electronic medical record (EMR) implementations range from 50 to 80 percent." Clearly, the challenges of EHR adoption and implementation remain great.
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