The US healthcare sector has made "significant strides" in adopting new health information technologies, particularly electronic health records, over the last several years, but still lags behind other developed nations in the use of EHRs, according to a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

RWJF says that in 2012, 44 percent of hospitals reported having basic electronic health record systems, an increase of 17 percentage points from 2011. Most of that boost was spurred by federal investments, the foundation says.

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