Chicago medical records exchange sues IT vendor

Joseph Conn reports:

The hospital association that operates a major Chicago-area health information exchange is suing its health information technology vendor that abruptly announced it will go out of business.

The hospital Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council, now merged with the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, operates the MetroChicago HIE that connects more than 30 northeastern Illinois hospitals, according to a membership list on its website.

A suit in U.S. District Court for the Northeastern District of Illinois names as defendants Sandlot Solutions and Santa Rosa Consulting, an owner of the company. The suit alleges that Sandlot breached its agreement “by shutting down the MetroChicago HIE system and denying MCHC’s participants access to their client data on the system.”


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