Electronic health-record giant Epic Systems Corp. has hired Washington lobbying firm Card & Associates to counter a negative perception in Congress that its EHR systems are not interoperable with other vendors' technology.
The move comes as Epic has teamed with IBM to compete for a multibillion-dollar contract to modernize the U.S. Defense Department's clinical technology systems.
The Verona, Wis.-based company retained the lobbying firm in August. It did not previously have representation on Capitol Hill, according to the federal Lobbying Disclosure Act database. Epic said in the registration that it was making the move to “educate members of Congress on the interoperability of Epic's healthcare information technology.”