Health IT Now Executive Director Robert Horne today issued the following statement on the Senate’s passage of the 21st Century Cures Act.
“HITN applauds the Senate for acting in a bipartisan manner to pass these important pieces of legislation. HITN continues to be encouraged by the inclusion of health IT in the ongoing Washington, D.C., debates around health policy.
“The 21st Century Cures Act marks a shift in the health care narrative, in which lawmakers, regulators, and innovators work together to bridge the gap between advances in technology and the health care bureaucracy in Washington. This bill recognizes health IT as a medium for positive reform in the healthcare system and we look forward to continuing to work together to advance policies that will bolster health IT.”
The 21st Century Cures Act correctly seeks to provide needed clarity to FDA oversight of software products, and puts forward important reforms to solve issues of electronic health record interoperability that has stymied the flow of health information in the United States. Its inclusion of important data and health information policies such as reforms to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) are also vitally important and support the search for new treatments and cures.