Corporate Compliance

Senate passes bill to establish use of information technology tools in healthcare

Compliance Monitor, November 23, 2005

Early Friday morning the Senate passed a bill to increase the use of health information technology, according to Congressional Quarterly. The bill, a combination of bills from Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), Edward Kennedy (D-MA), and Michael Enzi (R-WY), would create a Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology. The measure would award competitive grants to hospitals, group practices, and other healthcare providers to help these groups establish and use health IT tools.

The bill would also address patient privacy by making sure that current health privacy rules also apply to any electronic health information. The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee approved the bill in July.

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