The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee is continuing its crusade to identify ways that Congress and the Obama administration can collaborate to improve electronic health records and create industry-wide interoperability.

At a June 10 hearing, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate committee, said the goal is to “identify the five or six steps that we can take working with the administration to improve electronic health records—a technology that has great promise, but through bad policy and bad incentives has run off track.” In Alexander’s opinion, the best way to solve current EHR challenges is for industry to “do it itself” and secondarily to have federal policy address these issues. But, as a backup plan, he said Congress “might have to pass a law.” 

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