The Senate health committee on Tuesday approved wide-ranging legislation designed to improve healthcare information technology by modifying requirements relating to the development and use of electronic health records.

In a Feb. 9 executive mark-up session, the committee passed the Improving Health Information Technology Act (S. 2511) introduced by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the committee, and ranking member Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), which was also co-sponsored by Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.),  Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.). 

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