By a vote of 51-0, the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday approved the 21st Century Cures Act bill, including health information technology provisions potentially impacting electronic health records interoperability, regulation of software as medical devices, and Medicare reimbursement policies for telemedicine.

“I’ve been on the committee for 28 years and I don’t think we’ve had a major bill that didn’t have somebody—usually me when we were in the minority—that voted no. That is an amazing accomplishment,” said Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.), the senior Republican and chairman emeritus of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “This will change America. It will change the world—for the better. This bill will become law and it will last for decades.”

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