Epic to waive record sharing fee

Health IT giant Epic will no longer charge a fee to exchange patient records with providers using a different EHR vendor.

Eric Helsher, vice president of client success at Epic, said the Verona, Wis.-based company has been considering waiving the fee for several years.

"We felt the fee was small and, in our opinion, fair and one of the least expensive, but it was confusing to our customers and others in understanding how it worked," he said. "There was logic to it, but it confused people, so we decided to end the fee until at least 2020 when we'll consider reevaluating."

Mr. Helsher said the waived fee is effective immediately, starting April 1.

Editor's note: This article was updated April 17, 2015 to include the effective start date.

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