February 9, 2016

Senate HELP Committee Moves Cassidy’s Bipartisan Health IT Bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement after the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee advanced the bipartisan TRUST IT Act in the committee, which will help strengthen accountability and improve transparency in health information technology systems:


“The TRUST IT act was introduced and committee included it in the draft because we need reforms that empower physicians to provide better patient care—not burden physicians and damage the doctor-patient relationship. The TRUST IT Act creates a rating system—developed by stakeholders—that measures outcomes of usability, interoperability and security. This focus on outcomes will reduce the burden on physicians while maintaining transparency.


“This bill helps create interoperability by stopping information blocking, and creating a business incentive through the rating program to ensure that all systems work together to seamlessly share information for patient care.”


Introduced with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), the TRUST IT Act establishes an unbiased rating system for Health IT (HIT) products to help providers better choose HIT products and allows consumers to share feedback on the user experience of specific HIT products related to security, usability and interoperability, among other concerns.


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