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Oy, Such a Headache You Give Me!

“Standards and Interoperability” is a phrase that makes most of us pull the covers over our head and go back to sleep hoping it will all be gone when we wake up.  We use it to describe some important characteristics of information that we use every day in our work to provide services to our clients.  It is the basis of information exchange and the Universal Transfer Protocol. Continue reading


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Epic pushes back against interoperability critics October 29, 2014 | By Susan D. Hall

This is an interesting argument.

What do you think?

“Electronic health record vendor Epic is going on the offensive after claims that it impedes data-sharing, according to an article in Politico”.

“If we don’t speak up, people will believe what others say about us, and an unanswered accusation becomes seen as the truth if you don’t respond,” CEO Judy Faulkner said in an interview with the publication. “We’re now in a position where we have to.”

Critics say Epic makes its difficult or too expensive to share data, which presses smaller healthcare organizations to use the same software or join larger networks, according to the article. A Rand Corp. report states that more than half of the $24 billion spent by the Meaningful Use program has gone to Epic, a vendor operating a “closed platform.”