Senate committee concerned by EHR interoperability issues

Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee have become concerned that different brands of electronic health records software, paid for with tax dollars, are incompatible with one another thereby preventing healthcare organizations from sharing data. A recent Rand Corporation report highlighted this issue and noted that some software is engineered to block sharing of data. The Senate committee is requesting an investigation into the issue, and in the meantime has drafted a bill asking that the ONC “…decertify products that proactively block the sharing of information….”

See Information Week article at “Senate Committee Seeks EHR Interoperability Investigation” and “Draft Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriation Bill, 2015” (PDF)

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