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NH hospital leads the nation in going electronic

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NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. -

A small hospital in New Hampshire is leading the country when it comes to switching over to electronic records.

Cottage Hospital in North Haverhill, along with every other medical facility dependent on Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement, is required to go digital under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Over the last year, Cottage invested more than a half a million dollars in new servers and is scheduled to meet the government's Tuesday deadline for "Meaningful Use Stage 2," which means it has achieved a number of different electronic benchmarks.

"I think that is the environment that we live in. It is not just Cottage, obviously. But for Cottage patients, giving them access to their record. Part of all this is patient portals so they can log in and take a look at the latest lab results or radiology or when the next appointment might be," said Rick Frederick, the IT director at Cottage Hospital.

Officials at Cottage say the hospital is one of only a few in all of New England to meet the first quarter deadline. It will be reimbursed for a percentage of its original investment. Facilities have until the end of the year to comply.

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