Epic Systems Highlighted in NYT Article

Epic has certainly grown dramatically with 5100 employees & wants to add 1000 more this year. Ten years ago they had 575 employees. They have a total of 260 large customers (like Kaiser Permanente since 2003), including 35 new contracts last year. They claim their systems will cover 127 million patients with active electronic health records by July 2013. They have built an incredible 5,000-square-foot data center among the other interesting components of their new campus.

But there are a lot of complaints about interoperablility and their walled garden approach to electronic health records. I think Ms. Faulkner's claim that privacy is the primary cause for difficulty in sharing data with Epic systems is a bit fallacious. I believe there are more technical barriers than policy constraints in most cases. What do you think?
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