WASHINGTON, DC (May 24, 2019): Health Innovation Alliance responded to the unveiling of the draft Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019 by Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA).
The draft bill upholds HIA’s commitment to improving patients’ ability to quickly and easily access their health care data, while also proposing a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study on HIPAA protections as it relates to third-party applications.
HIA Executive Director Joel White released the following statement:
“Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray are absolutely right: it should be as easy to obtain your personal medical records as it is to book a plane ticket. This draft legislation takes meaningful strides to ensure that is the case,” said HIA Executive Director Joel White. “HIA also applauds the draft bill’s authorization of grants to expand technology-enabled care – which could include the Project ECHO telehealth model – in medically underserved areas.”
Read a section-by-section summary of the draft bill courtesy of the Senate HELP Committee HERE.
About Health Innovation Alliance:
We are patient groups, provider organizations, employers, insurers, and startup innovators
committed to transforming healthcare. The Health Innovation Alliance (formerly Health IT Now)
exists to improve healthcare by advancing healthcare connectivity, unlocking the abundance of
useful data in our healthcare system, modernizing data privacy, and fundamentally redefining
care delivery. Learn more at Health-Innovation.org.