Four senators combined their efforts to promote health information technology into a single bill that would, among other elements, offer grants to providers to implement IT and encourage development of interoperability standards. The bill also would promote use of electronic health records and codify HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, which was created by presidential order. The bill combines aspects of legislation introduced earlier by Sens. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.). The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee is scheduled to vote on the bill this Wednesday. -- by Tony Fong
New health IT bill combines earlier legislation
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