On February 9, 2016, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee unanimously passed the Improving Health IT Act. The goal of this legislation is to make electronic health records interoperable, and it assists hospitals and doctors to improve the quality of care to patients by reducing documentation burdens. It also includes goals to create an unbiased rating system to help providers choose health IT products.
This draft of the bill revised a previous edition by deleting a proposal to combine the HIT Standards and Policy Committees into the HIT Advisory Committee. It also removed a section that had mandated certified electronic health records to be able to conduct exchanges with other EHR products.
These findings were published in Healthcare Informatics on February 9, 2016.