By Janet M. Marchibroda
This week, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittees on Communications and Technology, Health, and Oversight and Investigations are holding a series of hearings focused on health information technology (IT), how innovation can benefit patients, and how regulation affects innovation.
Because the use of health IT has been shown to improve health and health care and has always had strong bipartisan support, members of Congress and leaders across two administrations have actively promoted its adoption. Building upon numerous bipartisan legislative proposals over the last decade, the Health Information Technology and Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 brought about new authorities, standards, and significant investments in health IT. As a result of federal, state, and private-sector action, the number of clinicians, hospitals, and other providers across the United States adopting health IT has significantly increased.