The chair of the Senate committee overseeing health issues on March 17 railed against the Obama Administration’s handling of the electronic health records meaningful use program.

While about half of physicians and hospitals have adopted at least basic EHR systems over the past six years, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, charged that despite spending $30 billion to date of the HITECH Act’s $35 billion earmarked investment the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive program has not fulfilled its promise.

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