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WASHINGTON (Jul 23, 2015) -
A statement from American College of Cardiology Informatics and Health Information Technology Task Force member Michael J. Mirro, M.D., FACC, regarding his testimony during today's Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on health information blocking:
"As I said during today's Senate HELP Committee hearing on the important issue of health information blocking, many electronic health record vendors provide the functionality needed by the health care community, but also require the purchase of the specific company's health IT products to make the elements of the EHRs fully interoperable," said American College of Cardiology Informatics and Health Information Technology Task Force member Michael J. Mirro, M.D., FACC.
"In emergency situations, the rapid, secure exchange of health information is critical. We must work toward rewarding interoperability and discouraging information blocking. I commend Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray for their dedication to achieving these goals."
The American College of Cardiology is a 49,000-member medical society that is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College is to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, provides professional medical education, promotes cardiovascular research and bestows credentials on cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more information, visit acc.org.