Responding to physician dissatisfaction with electronic health records, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee has created a bipartisan working group to identify ways that Congress and the Obama administration can collaborate to improve EHRs.

“After $28 billion in taxpayer dollars spent subsidizing electronic health records, ‎doctors don’t like these electronic medical record systems and say they disrupt workflow, interrupt the doctor-patient relationship and haven’t been worth the effort,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate committee, who has been joined in the effort by Ranking Member Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). “The goal of this working group is to identify the five or six things we can do to help make the failed promise of electronic health records something that physicians and providers look forward to instead of something they endure.”

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