Date of Award

4-26-2013

Document Type

Capstone

Department

Public Policy and Management

First Advisor

Dr David Hartley

Keywords

Health information technology, electronic health records, Muskie School of Public Service

Abstract

Health Information Technology (HIT) is an overarching framework that describes the management of health information across various computerized systems and the secure exchange between consumers, providers, government, and insurers. It has been viewed as a promising tool for improving the overall quality, safety and efficiency of the health delivery system (Chaudhry et al., 2006). This capstone examines the problem of urban rural divide in the process of Health IT adoption especially with regard to Electronic Health Records (EHRs). This paper also tracks the progress made during years 2009 to 2013 to the process of Electronic Health Record adoption in the United States.

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