The majority of hospitals still do not engage in the electronic exchange of health information, despite strong federal policies designed to encourage these exchanges and a substantial investment in health information technology.

That is the finding of a study by researchers from the University of Michigan and Harvard University. The study, written by Julia Adler-Milstein from the University of Michigan and Ashish K. Jha, of Harvard, sought to assess whether current policy efforts--many of which are being developed by states--appear to be tackling the key barriers to hospital participation in health information exchange.

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