Healthcare Monopolies – Healthcare IT Today Podcast Episode 11

For the 11th episode of the Healthcare IT Podcast, we discuss healthcare monopolies. This episode of the podcast was literally ripped from the headlines. In case you missed it, the FTC charged Surescripts for monopolistic ePrescribing practices. In this episode we talk about this news and what it means for healthcare.

Along with covering this important news, we also dive into whether a monopoly is a bad thing when it comes to healthcare interoperability. Should healthcare interoperability be a monopoly to be effective?

We also introduce a great new segment called “Ask Colin and John Anything.” In this segment, we asked our Twitter followers for any questions they’d like Colin and John to answer. They literally ask us anything. So, check out this episode to see what they asked us and how we answered.

Here’s a quick rundown of the topics and questions we discuss in this episode:

  • What happened with the FTC Charges against Surescripts and where could it lead?
  • Should healthcare interoperability be a monopoly?
  • What do these FTC charges mean for healthcare?
  • Ask Colin and John Anything? – Overhyped HIT Trends and “Patients Included” or “Everyone Included”

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Now, without further ado, we’re excited to share with you episode 11 of the Healthcare IT Today podcast.

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About the author

John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference,, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.