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Policy changes, more IT promotion needed to spur wider EHR adoption: senators
Modern Healthcare

Wider adoption of electronic health records will require both more legislation and efforts to promote EHRs to providers, members of Congress said Thursday.

After addressing members of health IT organizations gathered in Washington for a National Health IT Week event, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) told Modern Healthcare that he plans to introduce legislation to address conflicts between varying state privacy laws and federal efforts to spur health information exchange. Some health IT experts have said strong state laws have hindered that exchange.