Lack of Financial Incentives Leaves Many Facilities Unplugged

As the adoption of electronic health-record systems among hospitals and office-based physicians skyrockets, electronic health information exchange is ready to take off too, fueled by a growing consensus on data transmission standards and protocols and market demands, according to industry experts.

Even so, a sizeable segment of the healthcare industry is likely to remain shortchanged on both full-featured EHRs and full-bodied health information exchange, at least in the short run, in large part thanks to Congress.

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