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Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Health Information Technology

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On July 17, 2013, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing entitled “Health Information Technology: A Building Block to Quality Health Care.” Dr. Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and Dr. Patrick Conway, Acting Director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, testified before the Committee. Also, as a follow-up to the first hearing, on July 24, 2013, the Committee met again for another hearing on health information technology entitled, “Health Information Technology: Using it to Improve Care.”

Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) stated in his opening statement that the purpose of the hearing was to assess “How far have we come? What barriers are preventing us from moving faster? How do we overcome those barriers?

For a full summary of the hearing, testimony, and to access the recorded webcast, please click the links above.

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