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January 27, 2020: For this episode of Tuesday Newsday, we will be focusing on one story that has been evolving all over the internet in the recent past. Judy Faulkner, CEO of Epic, recently wrote an open letter urging patients and Healthcare CEOs to oppose ONC’s proposed rule to make it easier for medical information to be shared. This episode chronicles the letter itself, various articles that have been written on the topic of interoperability, and some of the divisive opinions of patient advocates and other voices in healthcare shared over Twitter. In today’s show we discuss what patients could lose or gain from this decision, the relationship between developers and current healthcare app platforms, and the pro-patient versus the pro-Epic camps in this debate. Critiques on the potentially misguided focus of the debate itself are provided as well. Some recommendations for what the government should do to secure patient empowerment, privacy, and cooperation are also given. In addition, critique and further guidance for Epic’s strategies are presented toward the end of the conversation. This debate forms the frontlines of the battle of interoperability and digital innovation in healthcare. It has been a long time coming to get to this point but it is coming to a head right now and it is going to be interesting to see how it plays out over this election year.

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