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To provide core public health functions of assurance and assessment, LHDs need adequate health information technology (IT) capabilities for the quantity and quality of health data.If your practice is still without an EHR, keep in mind you could suffer penalties in the near future. Electronic health records (EHRs) are evolving the scope of operations, practices, and outcomes of population health in the United States.HITECH provided assistance to eligible providers for adoption, as well as set requirements for meaningful use of EHRs.Most LHDs do not have eligible providers, as they mainly use nurses; therefore, they do not qualify for incentives provided through this program.