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HELP panel persists on EHR usability

Sen. Lamar Alexander, chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, announced an intensive review of electronic health records (EHRs) during a hearing. Alexander and Patty Murray, ranking member of HELP, have formed a working group on EHR usability. Testimony from four experts followed the announcements, discussing the need to make EHRs more effective and interoperable. Interoperability was a recurring theme among the experts, with one sharing a personal experience about the challenges of accessing complete EHRs across multiple providers. Another expert discussed the importance of patient control of their own health data.

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