Warren vows to conduct antitrust investigation of EHR market

As part of her healthcare plan for the first 100 days in office, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts zeroed in on the EHR industry for its lack of interoperability and competition.

"Congress spent $36 billion to get every doctor in America using EHRs, but we still do not have adequate digital information flow in healthcare — in part because two big companies make up about 85 percent of the market for medical records at big hospitals," she wrote in her healthcare transition plan.

Ms. Warren pledged to go after health systems and IT companies that engage in information blocking. She also said she will launch an antitrust probe of the EHR market, led by the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice.

Read more about her healthcare transition plan for the first 100 days here.

 

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