Connecticut recently became the first state to make electronic health information blocking illegal and its Office of the Attorney General is looking into such allegations that include Epic Systems and major hospital-based networks in the state.
Independent medical groups in the state are accusing large health systems of using their EHRs (Electronic Health Records) as a “tool to coerce practices to join them while punishing those who remain out of network,” as first reported by Politico. According to the report, critics charge that Epic—which controls more than 50 percent of the state’s hospital EHR market—is in effect collaborating with the hospital networks to pressure smaller practices to “sell out” by blocking the sharing of health information.
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