A record number of doctors and hospitals are embracing health technology and adoption of electronic health records has reached a "tipping point," the Obama administration said this week.

Electronic health record use by doctors increased from 17 percent to more than 50 percent between 2008 and this year, the Department of Health and Human Services said.

The rise was even more dramatic among hospitals; now more than 80 percent are using EHRs, up from 9 percent in 2008.

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