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Epic EHR Patient Portal Gets Interoperability Makeover, CEO Says

March 7, 2016 - The annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition may be best known for bringing together tens of thousands of excited health IT experts with big data and ambitious new innovations on their minds, but the real heart of the largest gathering of healthcare professions in the country is actually very small and very personal. After downing an ocean of hot coffee, walking untold miles through carpet...

Epic EHR Interoperability

EHR interoperability is one of the most challenging issues facing the modern healthcare industry, but Epic Systems Founder and CEO Judy Faulkner thinks her company – and her rivals – are making short work of lingering technical problems that may be preventing truly seamless data exchange.

In fact, technical interoperability may not even be the major roadblock anymore.  What’s really holding the industry back from optimal EHR use are false perceptions, both about how EHR vendors are conducting themselves and how EHR users should leverage the tools at hand.

More than a dozen professional organizations, the five largest healthcare systems in the country, and electronic health vendors, including Epic Systems, representing 90 percent of the EHR market in the United States have all agreed to implement three core principles to reduce information blocking, increase patient access to their own health data, and embrace national interoperability standards, including those related to privacy and security.

Epic Systems and Carequality

Epic's Vice President Peter DeVault revealed the rationale behind the EHR company's decision not to join CommonWell, which included the cost and signing of non-disclosure agreements on top of other reasons.

"They aspire to be a nationwide network with a record locator service that will tell you where every part of a patient's record is," he stated. "They are not that today. According to their latest report that I have seen, they have four different sites live on their network, fewer than a 1000 physicians compared to a 100,000 thousand in Care Everywhere and almost 10 million records exchanged a month now."

Additionally, DeVault went on to explain how the two networks would eventually work together.

"Carequality is meant to be that fabric that connects all of the networks together," he continued, "so you have health information exchanges, you've got the Care Everywhere network, you will eventually have CommonWell. Carequality then will be the fabric that stitches all of that together. So we hope that they will join Carequality."


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