Epic president hints toward interoperability initiatives

At an ONC Health IT Policy meeting last Thursday, Epic President Carl Dvorak commented on developing national registries and health exchanges, a comment many have taken to indicate Epic's leaning toward interoperability efforts.

At the meeting discussing accurate individual data matching, Mr. Dvorak said, "We should focus on standardizing national immunization registries, specialty registries and basic exchange so that it operates at a ubiquitous level," according to meeting materials provided by the ONC.

Additionally, Mr. Dvorak suggested the ONC might oversee such initiatives for standardizing data elements for patient matching.

"Our interoperability experience shows us that standardizing the minimum data elements for queries would be helpful for interoperability participants," Mr. Dvorak said. "We agree that ONC and [standards development organizations] are appropriate stakeholders to undertake this initiative."

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