Meaningful Use of the Electronic Health Records by Rural Health Clinics


Identifies the rates of electronic health record (EHR) adoption among a national random sample of Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and the extent to which RHCs that have adopted an EHR are likely to achieve Stage 1 meaningful use. Fifty-nine percent of RHCs report having an EHR and independent RHCs were more likely than hospital-based RHCs to have an EHR. Common barriers to EHR adoption by RCHs include acquisition and maintenance costs, lack of capital, and potential productivity or income loss during transition.

Maine Rural Health Research Center
John Gale, David Hartley, Zach Croll