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  • Obama Donor Gets Plum Appointment on Federal Health IT Advisory Panel

    A major donor to the Democratic Party has received favorable treatment from the Obama administration, including a choice appointment to a federal advisory committee, and lavish praise from the president himself.

    Yet health information technology vendor Epic Systems Corp. opposes a key administration position on health IT. Its founder, Judith Faulkner, has spoken out on numerous occasions against “interoperability” in electronic medical records technology.

    So why was Faulkner appointed to a 13-member panel charged with recommending how $19 billion in stimulus money be spent? One can’t help but notice that Faulkner and other epic employees have given nearly $300,000 to Democrats since 2006.

    Since Obama began his push for health IT, he has lauded numerous Epic clients as exemplars of the potential of the technology – despite the fact that their software is only interoperable with other systems made by Epic. Epic clients who have tried to share data with other software platforms have experienced significant technical problems.

    Epic also recently secured a $14 million contract to update the Coast Guard’s electronic medical record software. It is now looking to secure a similar contract for the Veterans Administration. In the latter effort, it has enjoyed the help of the Wisconsin Congressional Delegation, which threw its weight behind software that fits the precise model offered by Epic.

    Read more at the Washington Examiner.

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    3 Responses to Obama Donor Gets Plum Appointment on Federal Health IT Advisory Panel

    1. @kathlena1 says:

      Corruption in Obama's Administration? Naw Really? LOL, Hey he put someone who should have been locked away for his part in the fall of our economy in charge of the treasury! This is nothing compared to all else he's done.

    2. Bobbie says:

      it's all FOCUS on control. GOVERNMENT CONTROL…

    3. EHRExpert says:

      This happened 2 years ago – how is this news now? CMS is setting up the rules for how we will reimburse hospitals and doctors for this money not the FACA (federal advisory board). Would you rather that some govt employee come up with the advisory rules instead?

      Epic is a privately held company and their EHR is used by 1 in 4 providers (before the stimulus package ) and the reason it is highlight is because the largest health care systems in the UW use it.. Places like Kaiser, Group Health, Cleveland Clinic etc.. Integrated systems with the highest levels of quality and some of the lowest costs..

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