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Karen DeSalvo Vows to Continue ONC’s Nationwide EHR Interoperability Efforts

EHRThe Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing Thursday to discuss a $30 billion federal program aimed at accelerating the adoption and interoperability of electronic health record systems in the U.S., FCW reported Thursday.

Karen DeSalvo, national coordinator for health information technology, told committee members that the number of clinicians who use EHRs rose to 78 percent in 2013 from 18 percent in 2001.

DeSalvo added that 94 percent of U.S. hospitals reported having certified EHR platforms and that she believes the federal government must do more to facilitate health data exchange between providers and patients.

She vowed to release a finalized roadmap for national EHR interoperability in the coming weeks, FCW reports.

Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) plan to introduce a bill to encourage healthcare organizations to implement interoperable EHRs, the report said.

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