As the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology finalizes its draft nationwide Interoperability Roadmap, the Federal Trade Commission has advised ONC “to consider taking steps to ensure that coordinated governance by market participants does not unduly distort competition.”

In a letter to National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, M.D., the FTC’s Office of Policy Planning, Bureau of Economics, Bureau of Competition and Bureau of Consumer Protection jointly submitted comments on ONC’s 10-year plan to create an interoperable HIT ecosystem. FTC staff asked ONC to specifically consider how the economic interests of providers and vendors align with the benefits of interoperability.

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