Madison January 19, 2020
Natalie Yahr

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is preparing to change the rules on how medical records are shared, and former Governor Tommy Thompson is worried. 

In a Wisconsin State Journal op-ed last week, Thompson, who headed HHS under former President George W. Bush, wrote that “the requirements threaten the booming healthcare tech economy that helps all of Wisconsin.” 

It’s not yet clear exactly what the new rules will require of health information technology companies like Verona medical records software giant Epic Systems. The proposed rules announced last February called on the healthcare industry to “adopt standardized application programming interfaces (APIs)” to allow individuals to access electronic health records through third-party smartphone applications. 

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