Becker's Healthcare January 16, 2020
Jackie Drees

Former HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson, who also previously served as Wisconsin’s governor, recently published an op-ed in the Wisconsin State Journal arguing that ONC’s new interoperability rules will force EHR giant Epic to hand over its trade secrets to competitors and “unfairly harm” the state’s economy.

In the op-ed, Mr. Thompson asked HHS to reconsider its proposed data-sharing regulations, which were issued by CMS and ONC to support the MyHealthEData initiative and 21st Century Cures Act. The rules would require the health IT industry to adopt application programming interfaces to help patients more easily access their health information.

“These rules would compel Epic to give its trade secrets away to venture capitalists, Big Tech, Silicon Valley interests, and overseas competitors...