Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate health committee, plans to come up with a legislative fix in 2016 for the widespread problems that providers are experiencing with electronic health record systems through the committee’s “Innovation” bill—companion legislation to the 21st Century Cures Act that the House passed earlier this year.
Alexander’s committee held six hearings in 2015 on a range of health IT topics including patient access to their health data, interoperability, EHR user experience and information blocking. In 2016, he intends to make HIT a legislative priority, taking steps to improve EHRs—a technology the senator believes has great promise but, through bad policy and incentives, has gotten off track.
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