Sens. Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) have introduced a bill to “strengthen accountability and improve transparency in health information technology systems.”

According to its sponsors, the Transparent Ratings on Usability and Security to Transform Information Technology (TRUST IT) Act of 2015 would make health IT systems accountable for their performance in three key areas: security, usability, and interoperability. Specifically, the bill seeks to establish a health IT rating system—to be published on the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT’s website—to enable consumers to compare certified health IT products on those three criteria. 

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