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Sens. Alexander, Murray legislation approved by committee by vote of 22-0

WASHINGTON, February 9 – Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced that the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee has unanimously passed bipartisan legislation that will improve health information technology.

 

Murray said: “If we want to continue building a health care system that works for patients and families and puts their needs first, strengthening our nation’s health IT infrastructure must be a top priority. I’m pleased that with this legislation, Democrats and Republicans have been able to reach agreement on policies that will help empower patients and providers with more and better information to help drive treatment and improve health outcomes.” 

 

The Improving Health Information Technology Act (S. 2511) which passed the Senate health committee today is the product of a bipartisan, full committee health information technology working group announced by Alexander and Murray in April—as well as a series of six bipartisan hearings in the committee. The committee released a discussion draft of the legislation on January 20 which was open for comment until January 29. The final version of this legislation was released on February 7 and introduced in the Senate on February 8.

 

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