Senate HELP Committee Announces EHR Working Group

On April 29th, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) announced the formation of a new bipartisan committee working group on electronic health records (EHRs).

“The goal of this working group is to identify five or six things we can do to help make the failed promise of electronic records something that physicians and providers look forward to instead of something they endure,” Chairman Alexander stated in a joint press release.

“As we focus on making our health care system work better for families, electronic health records could not be more important,” added Ranking Member Murray.

Specifically, the working group intends to focus on ways Congress and the Administration can assist providers in improving care quality; enhance interoperability between EHR vendors and health professionals; increase patient engagement through better access to information; utilize health IT to improve patient safety; and protect patient privacy and health information security.

The working group, through bipartisan staff meetings, intends to engage relevant stakeholders including providers and clinicians, health IT vendors, government agencies and other issue area experts.