Senate Committee Pursues Legislative Proposals to Improve Health IT
The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) held a hearing on Wednesday to discuss problems with a federal program meant to encourage health care providers to adopt electronic health records. The Committee met in what was the first in a series of hearings to address the topic of improving health IT.
HELP Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said the Committee hopes to identify “five of six” proposals improving the adoption of electronic health records to include in a medical innovations bill later this year.
“Today’s hearing sets the table for an important series of hearings the committee will hold over the summer focused on how we can improve electronic health records for doctors and their patients,” said Alexander. “Our goal, through the hearings and our committee’s bipartisan working group, will be to identify the five or six steps we can take to improve electronic health records—technology that has great promise, but has, through bad policy and bad incentives, run badly off track.”
Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) also stated her determination to strengthening the exchange of health IT information. She emphasized the importance of both accessibility and security.