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Epic rebuts Jonathan Bush’s remarks on connectivity

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Epic has fact-checked a   recent interview of  athenahealth co-founder and CEO Jonathan Bush in MedCity News and found some of his assertions wanting.

The interviewer asked Mr. Bush what he would ask of Epic if he were a hospital chief information officer.

“‘I would ask them to connect and that’s starting to happen,’ Mr. Bush said in the interview. adding that   athenahealth can now connect to “most of the Epic-user hospitals in the country,” but that they have only been able to do so in the past couple of months.

Epic said that statement is false. “Epic customers have been exchanging patient records with others since 2008. One hundred percent of Epic’s live customers are able to connect with other groups that use either Epic or non-Epic systems,” the company said.

Epic also said that  Epic and athenahealth sites started to connect back in May 2014.

Mr. Bush also said in the MedCity News interview that Epic was subpoenaed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee regarding information-blocking.

“Epic has never been subpoenaed by Congress,” Epic retorted.

To read the Becker’s article on this flap, please hit this link.

To read the MedCity News article, please hit this link.

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