Health IT Now Looks Ahead to Bright Future for 21st Century Cures

Washington, D.C. – Today the Health IT Now Coalition applauded the House Energy and Commerce Committee for releasing a discussion draft of 21st Century Cures legislation, a promising step toward progress on this collection of critical issues.

“The Health IT Now Coalition applauds Chairman Upton for releasing the 21st Century Cures discussion document, as well as Ranking Member Pallone, Congresswoman DeGette, Congressman Green and others who have worked tirelessly over the last year to bring the promise of better, faster cures to fruition,” said Joel White, executive director of the Health IT Now Coalition.

“Right now we are not capitalizing fully on the potential for innovation in health care, specifically when it comes to technology-driven health solutions,” White added.  “America is ceding economic competitiveness to those on the international stage who are ready to carry the torch of innovation across the finish line. Furthermore, we’re holding back breakthrough treatments and promising clinical trials from patients struggling with disease.

“Health IT Now is particularly pleased the Committee is exploring solutions related to how health IT is regulated, interoperability, telehealth and electronic matching of patients to clinical trials. These are bipartisan and good solutions to our pressing health problems. We’re encouraged by the release of a 21st Century Cures discussion draft and look forward to working with Republicans and Democrats to advance these solid ideas.”

About the Health IT Now Coalition:  Health IT Now (HITN) is a broad based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers and payers that supports incentives to deploy health information technology to improve care, provider performance, patient outcomes and to lower costs. Learn more at www.healthitnow.org.

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