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Health care providers in Massachusetts who don’t adopt electronic health record (EHR) technology could lose more than just incentive funds — they could become ineligible to renew their licenses. Attendees at Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s health IT seminar learned that the state hopes to accelerate EHR adoption by enforcing a 2008 law requiring health care providers to demonstrate EHR competency by 2015.

The two-day seminar featured health IT vendors, governors and regulators, who met to address EHR adoption, health information exchanges and meaningful use compliance. Check out more highlights from the health IT seminar on

Don’t miss the rest of last week’s coverage:

Moving paper EHR processes to electronic medical forms — Using Software as a Service technology to port paper processes to electronic medical forms can reap efficiencies for small practices: Here are steps for planning a migration.

Surgeon General: EHR systems at rural health clinics are vulnerable — The Massachusetts governor’s health IT conference focused on the highest of high tech. U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin reminded attendees that EHR systems must serve low-tech areas too.

U.S. senator says health care IT initiatives are critical — Watch highlights from U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s speech at the New England HIMSS 5th Annual Public Policy Forum, and learn why he continues to support health care IT initiatives.

Copy machines targets for data breaches — If your office isn’t truly paperless — and, really, whose is? — the copier is a fountainhead of potential data breaches.

Study shows using barcode technology reduces medication errors — A recent study by The New England Journal of Medicine shows that using barcode technology in hospitals can reduce the rate of medication errors.

Federal committees take on ‘daunting’ electronic enrollment task — Policymakers have six months to standardize electronic enrollment for federal health insurance programs.

Student project focuses on meaningful use of EHR — University students in San Diego completed a plan to implement health IT that ensures the meaningful use of EHRs. Stimulus funding should prompt more projects like it.

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