Epic Systems software

An Epic software login screen on the iPad of Dr. Christian Kastman at Group Health Cooperative's Sauk Trails Clinic in Madison, Wis., Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. M.P. KING -- State Journal

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Wisconsin has the second highest number of physicians using electronic medical records, according to a report from a federal agency.

The Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) said 92 percent of Wisconsin's office-based doctors use electronic health records, compared to a 60 percent average across the country.

The ranking was touted by the state's Department of Health Services during National Health IT Week.

"What this means for patients is better coordination and quality of care, in addition to better outcomes in the delivery of health care," said DHS Secretary Linda Seemeyer.

This is the third time in recent months Wisconsin was rated highly in health care.

In September, Wisconsin was called the top state for health care by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and in July, the state's critical access hospitals were named the best by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

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