Re: I've worked in Healthcare software for over 10 years now and..
I gather EHR interoperability has improved a lot but, compared with other industries, healthcare is severely lacking -- and that is what lawmakers in this committee appear to be frustrated and angered by, especially as taxpayer money has paid for so much of this investment. As one of those taxpayers, I'm glad it's getting scrutiny.
It's unsurprising to me: We've seen this before in other industries where vendors and/or participants were slow to work with competitors on sharing information. Once end-customers (patients) grew louder in their complaints and some customers (providers) got upset, steps were made but they weren't fast or deep enough, compared with other industries. When an industry doesn't take enough steps, fast enough, voluntarily, government usually steps in with a big stick. If you look back, pundits have warned of this eventuality for years. And here it is, apparently.