This research brief from the National Institute for Health Care Reform describes the ongoing challenges facing small group physician practices in adopting and implementing health information technology.  Despite the financial incentives and technical assistance available to physicians to implement electronic health records (EHRs) under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, small group physician practices are still finding significant hurdles to EHR adoption.

The research brief describes how five independent practice associations (IPAs) are supporting their physician practices adopt and implement EHRs through facilitating EHR choice and interoperability, enhancing the business case for HIT adoption, securing buy-in through physician leadership, and ongoing training and support.

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