By a vote of 344 to 77, the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved the 21st Century Cures Act including several health information technology provisions designed to improve electronic health records interoperability.

Section 3001 of the bill seeks to clarify standards regarding the development of health IT and “would refocus national efforts on making systems interoperable and holding individuals responsible for blocking or otherwise inhibiting the flow of patient information throughout our healthcare system,” according to a summary of the legislation from the House Energy and Commerce Committee. 

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