STAT January 27, 2020
Harlan M. Krumholz, M.D.

Epic, the largest electronic health record company in the U.S., launched an effort last week to persuade hospital CEOs across the country to fight recent efforts by the federal government to ensure that patients can easily access their electronic health data. In essence, Epic CEO Judith Faulkner asked hospital leaders to make it more difficult for patients to easily access their electronic health data.

By making it easier for people to access their own health data, the federal government aims to help people manage their health and shop for care.

Epic’s position is akin to banking leaders trying to limit your access to your own financial data or restrict your freedom to transfer your funds and saying they are doing...