Representative Michael Burgess (R-Texas) released a draft bill recently focused on interoperability. Provisions include:

    • Requiring HHS to create a plan for achieving widespread interoperability of EHR systems by 2017.
    • Replacing the ONC's existing federal advisory committees with a new organization comprised of congressionally appointed members.
    • Defining EHR interoperability as the ability for authorized users to access the entirety of a patient's data from any EHR system without restriction and without the need for multiple interfaces.
    The draft bill is expected to be part of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's 21st Century Cures legislation. BGOV has provided a summary of the draft legislation.

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