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Capitol Health Call
September 14, 2005

Health IT Gets a Boost

JAMA. 2005;294(10):1201. doi:10.1001/jama.294.10.1201-d

Legislation that would spur the development of health information technology and thereby reduce medical errors and medical costs is gaining momentum in the Senate.

The bill introduced by Sen Mike Enzi (R, Wyo) has powerful bipartisan backing from Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R, Tenn), Sen Hillary Rodham Clinton (D, NY), and Sen Edward Kennedy (D, Mass). It was unanimously passed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. The bill replaces and combines previous legislation to develop a nationwide system of secure electronic medical records. Such a system has also been promoted by President Bush.

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