23 Oct HIStalk commentary calls out Mother Jones article on Epic as “Unfocused”
“An unfocused article in left-leaning magazine Mother Jones blames left-leaning Judy Faulkner and Epic for lack of interoperability, blasting a blitzkrieg of marginally related facts that seem overly focused on how much money Epic makes and how elaborate its campus is.
It observes that HITECH didn’t address interoperability. The reporter misses the fact that EHR vendors deliver what customers demand and few turf-protecting health systems are interested in sharing information with their competitors even if their EHR already supports that capability. The reporter concludes the piece by expressing his frustration that his multiple providers don’t share his information, conveniently not bothering to ask those providers why that’s the case.
He also complains about the lack of information sharing by his hospital (George Washington University Hospital), which he fails to note uses Cerner, which he lauds elsewhere in the article for its interoperability as evidenced by the DoD deal and joining CommonWell.
Lastly, he misses the point that providers weren’t required to buy anything from Epic, Cerner,or anyone else to collect HITECH bribes – they only had to use them in the prescribed manner. It’s valid that HITECH was mostly a waste of taxpayer money and that interoperability is nearly non-existent, but the market forces that created that situation aren’t nearly as simple as he describes.”