Economic disincentives, not interoperability issues, loom as the largest reason why health information exchange is struggling to gain traction in many places.

That is the conclusion of new research from the Brookings Institution. In his latest paper, Brookings fellow Niam Yaraghi challenges the idea that interoperability issues have kept doctors and medical providers from embracing HIE. Rather, Yaraghi argues it’s economic disincentives that are at fault, resulting in medical providers being less inclined to engage in HIE even as interoperability issues are resolved.

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