As chairman of the Senate health committee, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) is at the epicenter of congressional efforts to delay Stage 3 of the electronic health records meaningful use program. Speaking on Monday at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, Alexander discussed the current state of electronic health records and potential legislative fixes.

“Electronic medical records went along pretty well while the government was giving out $30 billion to doctors and hospitals—nobody complained very much about that. But now the money’s gone and the system is a little bit in the ditch, there’s a lot of complaining from the doctors and the hospitals about the next stage of electronic medical records. The system isn’t working very well and has a variety of problems with it,” said Alexander.

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