Competition among providers and separately among vendors is not leading to wholesale information blocking and the lack of electronic health record sharing, according to the Health IT Policy Committee’s interoperability task force. The committee, which advises federal officials, bases its conclusion on feedback gathered in two separate virtual hearings held earlier this month with stakeholders.

While many industry observers argue that the main challenges to HIT interoperability are not technical but business-related, the task force found that when it comes to financial barriers to interoperable EHRs a cut-throat competitive business environment is not among the major contributing factors.

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