Fierce Health Payer January 27, 2020
Heather Landi

HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Monday voiced frustration over stakeholders fiercely opposing a proposed regulation that would make it easier for patients to access their health data.

Speaking at Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Azar said the current medical records system was “segmented” and “balkanized,” which hinders patients’ access to health information and impacts care.

Appearing to blast electronic health records company Epic’s efforts to drum up opposition against the rule, Azar said, “Scare tactics are not going to stop the reforms we need.”

He added, “Defending the current balkanized state and status quo is a highly unpopular position to take.”

The goal of ONC’s interoperability rule, released last year, is to enable patients to access electronic health records...