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National Federation of the Blind Sues Electronic Health Record Vendor Epic Systems

The advocacy group claims Epic’s software isn’t suitable for blind and low-vision users, according to a lawsuit filed in Massachusetts. The state’s disability protection law forms the basis for the claim. The lawsuit alleges that because EHRs aren’t easily accessible to the blind, the technology limits them from taking jobs in healthcare.

The federation argues Epic and other EHR vendors should be required to equip their products with text-to-speech features so that blind and low-vision people can use them. EHR vendors would likely need to spend thousands of hours and dollars reworking their systems to meet these accessibility standards.

Watch for developments as the litigation proceeds.

Source: Becker’s Hospital Review

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