After two years of legislative wrangling, the House of Representatives is set to vote today on the 21st Century Cures Act bill including several health IT provisions designed to address the challenges of electronic health record usability, interoperability, and data blocking.
Speaking on the floor of the Senate yesterday in advance of today’s House vote, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) praised the legislation’s $6.3 billion in appropriations to fund the Obama administration’s Cancer Moonshot ($1.8 billion), Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies ($1.6 billion), and Precision Medicine Initiative ($1.4 billion). The bill seeks to speed the approval of new medicines and medical devices, among other provisions.
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