ACC Comments on Effective Use of Health Care Data

The Senate Finance Committee recently solicited input from the health care community for ideas to enhance the availability and proper utilization of health care data. Given the ACC's expertise in transforming cardiovascular care through pioneering the use of clinical data registries and appropriate use criteria, the College was well positioned to respond. In a letter to Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Finance Committee chairman, and Charles Grassley (R-IA), senior Finance Committee member, the ACC addressed data sources that should be made more broadly available; how this data should be conveyed; reforms that would help reduce the unnecessary fragmentation of health care data and improve the accessibility and usability of this data for consumers, payers, and providers; and barriers to using existing data sources more effectively. The ACC will continue working with Congress on efforts related to the effective use of health care data.

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