NextGen Healthcare CEO sounds off on opposition to federal data-sharing rule

Partner News | Published: Monday, February 3, 2020 6:00 am

NextGen Healthcare President and CEO Rusty Frantz sounded off about hospital executives opposing proposed federal data-sharing rules while also sharing data with Silicon Valley tech giants.

During a Q&A with analysts on the company's third-quarter 2020 earnings call Wednesday, Frantz was asked for his take on the interoperability rule proposed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). The question came in light of Epic CEO Judy Faulkner sending an email to hospital customers urging them to speak out against the rule.

While he wouldn't comment on other vendor activities, Frantz said, "I struggled a little bit to understand why blocking that data exchange under the banner of patient privacy really makes sense, especially given how much patient identified data is already being shared by some health systems with other companies that aren't directly involved in the treatment of patients."

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