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Senators Look to Change Federal Rules for Electronic Health Records

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Senators Look to Change Federal Rules for Electronic Health Records
  • Govexec
  • 2 years ago

Senators Look to Change Federal Rules for Electronic Health Records

A bi­par­tis­an pair of sen­at­ors Tues­day in­tro­duced le­gis­la­tion aimed at im­prov­ing elec­tron­ic health re­cords’ trans­par­ency and ac­count­ab­il­ity.

Since the spring, Sen­ate Health, Edu­ca­tion, Labor, and Pen­sions Com­mit­tee mem­bers have been dis­sect­ing elec­tron­ic health re­cords, un­earth­ing a lit­any of prob­lems with this in­form­a­tion tech­no­logy. And in the middle of one such hear­ing, a bi­par­tis­an con­sensus emerged—one that turned in­to the bill in­tro­duced Tues­day.

As Sen. Shel­don White­house re­calls, he heard Sen. Bill Cas­sidy ask­ing tough ques­tions on gag or­ders bar­ring doc­tors and hos­pit­als from dis­cuss­ing spe­cif­ic glitches in their pur­chased sys­tems. “I said right across the hear­ing room, ‘If you’re look­ing for a co­spon­sor on that, let me know,’” White­house, a Rhode Is­land Demo­crat, told Na­tion­al Journ­al.”

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