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Epic, Cerner and others reveal just how their EHRs are interoperable

April 05, 2019 / Bill Siwicki

Many electronic health record vendors claim their technologies are interoperable with other healthcare information systems. And these claims can be true – or true to a point. Healthcare IT News interviewed key interoperability executives with four high-profile EHR vendors – Cerner, DrChrono, eClinicalWorks and Epic Systems – to discuss how their systems are interoperable as well as health IT interoperability overall. The first basic type of interoperability is health system to health system, to coordinate care for a patient across organizations, said Dave Fuhrmann, vice president of interoperability at Epic Systems. He explained that Epic supports this in four ways: Shared Instance - Community Connect: An organization using Epic can share its instance with other providers in the community. The patient's record is on one shared database.