Broader use of EHR pushed in CHT report

The Center for Health Transformation has released a report outlining recommendations for spurring adoption of electronic health records based on the successful practices of health data exchanges known as regional health information organizations (RHIOs).

The report calls on Congress to pass "comprehensive" health IT legislation this year that includes grants or loans to create RHIOs and removes regulatory barriers to health IT progress. The center advocates dedicating 1% of federal discretionary spending, or roughly $7 billion a year, to health IT, which it calls vital to reducing medical errors and increasing disaster preparedness.